Belgium vs Morocco final score, FIFA World Cup 2022: Upheaval continues as CAF top Group F

Getty Images

Morocco picked up a resounding victory over Belgium at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Sunday to boost their chances of progressing from Group F. Substitutes Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal came off the bench to score twice in the last quarter of an hour at Al Thumama. Stadium.

The Atlas Lions now have four points from a possible six after facing Croatia and now the Belgians with Canada following for Walid Regragui’s side. The Red Devils, however, now have to beat Croatia in a battle between 2018 runners-up and third-place finishers who may well see one or both go home early.

It was an odd start in Doha with Moroccan goalkeeper Bono on the pitch for the anthem then replaced by Munir in time for the team photo and kick-off due to illness. The latter was called into action early to prevent Michy Batshuayi who had entered from behind, but most of Belgium’s attacking play was confined to the edge of the box, with Thomas Meunier also shooting on goal.

Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was a rare example of confidence in Roberto Martinez’s otherwise lengthy starting XI and the Real Madrid man dazzled with the ball at his feet before Amadou Onana was suspended for the game against Croatia . Courtois regained the ball from his net before half-time but VAR ruled out Hakim Ziyech’s ball due to Romain Saiss’ involvement.

Belgium looked more determined at the start of the second half and Eden Hazard forced Munir to save Munir before the skipper walked away. Sofiane Boufal then curled an effort inches from the post as Al Thumama Stadium awaited the first goal. The take-off came with 17 minutes left on the clock as substitute Sabiri curled the ball in from a free-kick which Courtois didn’t see until late. With no interference from a Moroccan player this time, the goal was held and Regragui’s men were in front of jubilant scenes in Doha.

The Belgians never looked likely to recover after that as Jan Vertonghen headed away from a corner in their best late chance despite introducing a half fit and out of fit Romelu Lukaku. Trying to chase the equaliser, the Red Devils left themselves free at the back and it was only a matter of time before Morocco exploited that.

Two minutes into added time, Aboukhlal did just that when he fired high into the net to double the Atlas Lions’ lead and secure all three points. With four points out of six now on the board, Canada is a crucial game for the Moroccans regardless of the Canucks’ result against Croatia.

However, matchday three is also a massive encounter for Belgium against the Croats in what could be a test of who has fallen the most since the last World Cup given that Zlatko Dalic’s men aren’t exactly out of goalscoring . Negative comments from Kevin De Bruyne when he was on press duty earlier this week after a little more understandable after such a pedestrian protest from Martinez’s side.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *