Friday, January 27, 2023

Morocco beat Canada to progress as group winners

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Youssef En-Nesyri smashed in his 16th goal for Morocco

Morocco edged past Canada to top Group F and reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 36 years.

The Atlas Lions, whose previous trip to the last 16 came in 1986, finished above 2018 finalists Croatia, while Belgium – ranked second in the world – are out after finishing third in the group.

A tough test awaits in the next round against the team that finishes second in Group E, which could potentially be Spain or Germany.

Morocco went ahead after just four minutes courtesy of a goalkeeping howler from Milan Borjan.

The Canada keeper sprinted out of his goal but passed the ball straight to Ziyech, who lofted a cool finish into an open net from 30 yards.

The north African side doubled their advantage through Youssef En-Nesyri’s well-taken goal as he controlled Achraf Hakimi’s superb pass before firing in.

But sloppy defending gave Canada a route back into the game when West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd stuck a boot out to divert the ball into his own net – the 100th goal scored at this World Cup.

Knowing if they avoided defeat they would go through, Morocco were happy to sit back and soak up pressure in the second period.

But Atiba Hutchinson came close with a header that rattled the crossbar and dropped down onto the line as Canada’s campaign ended without a point.

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Canada

  1. Squad number18Player nameBorjan

  2. Squad number2Player nameJohnston

  3. Squad number5Player nameVitória

  4. Squad number4Player nameMiller

  5. Squad number3Player nameAdekugbe

  6. Squad number19Player nameDavies

  7. Squad number21Player nameOsorio

  8. Squad number14Player nameKaye

  9. Squad number11Player nameBuchanan

  10. Squad number17Player nameLarin

  11. Squad number10Player nameHoilett

  1. Squad number13Player nameHutchinson

  2. Squad number15Player nameKoné

  3. Squad number20Player nameDavid

  4. Squad number22Player nameLaryea

  5. Squad number24Player nameWotherspoon

Line-ups

Canada

Formation 4-4-2

  • 18Borjan
  • 2Johnston
  • 5VitóriaBooked at 84mins
  • 4Miller
  • 3AdekugbeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKonéat 61′minutes
  • 19Davies
  • 21OsorioBooked at 27minsSubstituted forLaryeaat 66′minutes
  • 14KayeSubstituted forHutchinsonat 60′minutes
  • 11Buchanan
  • 17LarinSubstituted forDavidat 60′minutes
  • 10HoilettBooked at 7minsSubstituted forWotherspoonat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1St. Clair
  • 6Piette
  • 8Fraser
  • 9Cavallini
  • 12Ugbo
  • 13Hutchinson
  • 15Koné
  • 16Pantemis
  • 20David
  • 22Laryea
  • 23Millar
  • 24Wotherspoon
  • 25Cornelius
  • 26Waterman

Morocco

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bono
  • 2HakimiSubstituted forJabraneat 85′minutes
  • 5Aguerd
  • 6Saïss
  • 3Mazraoui
  • 8OunahiSubstituted forEl Yamiqat 77′minutes
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 11SabiriSubstituted forAmallahat 65′minutes
  • 7ZiyechSubstituted forHamdallahat 76′minutes
  • 19En-Nesyri
  • 17BoufalSubstituted forAboukhlalat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 15Amallah
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 18El Yamiq
  • 20Dari
  • 21Cheddira
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23El Khannouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane

Referee:
Raphael Claus

Attendance:
43,102

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