Morocco ease Canada homeward journey, seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout ticket

Morocco ease Canada homeward journey, seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout ticket

Morocco became the second African representatives after Senegal to seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout stage ticket after defeating Canada 2-1 in Round 3, Group F, match played at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.Morocco ease Canada homeward journey, seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout ticket

Chelsea and Moroccan attacker – Hakim Ziyech exploited the lapses of Canadian goalkeeper – Milan Borjan to score Morocco’s first goal barely two minutes into the first half of the match.

Moroccan playmaker – Youssef En- Nesyri(19) combined beautifully with utility player, Achraf Hakim, to score the second goal in 23rd minute of first half.

Moroccan defender, Nayef Aguard scored an own-goal in 40th minute of the first half to reduce the goal tally to 1-2 in favour of Canada.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s chance to increase the goal haul to three in the second minute of first half extra time was ruled offside by Central Referee – Raphael.Morocco ease Canada homeward journey, seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout ticket

Morocco topped the group with seven points after three group matches, while Croatia also qualified for the Knockout Stage of the competition with five points after the goalless draw with Belgium in second match of the group.

Belgium finished with four points, while Canada scored zero point.

Following a scoreless draw in their Group F match, Croatia progress over Belgium to the round of 16.

Romelu Lukaku squandered four excellent opportunities that could have prevented the Red Devils from losing the match early, but neither team was able to force a breakthrough.

After coming in at halftime, Lukaku had a terrible evening as he hit the post and missed from close range.

Croatia defended well to preserve the scoreless draw and move up to second place ahead of Belgium.

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