Morocco became the protagonist of the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, passing Group F in the first place.
Morocco won 2-1 against Canada in the third match of Group F held at the Assumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 2nd (Korea time).
With this, Morocco recorded 2 wins and 1 draw, advanced to the round of 16 as the first place in Group E, and competed with the second place in Group E to advance to the quarter-finals.
In Group E, Spain, Japan, Costa Rica, and Germany compete, and the final group league starts at 4:00am on the 2nd.
Even before the opening of the tournament, in Group F, Belgium, second in the FIFA rankings, and Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, were expected to progress to the round of 16, but things changed when Morocco defeated Belgium 2-0 in the second leg.
In the end, Belgium, and a goalless draw with Croatia, were eliminated after being pushed to third place in the group with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss.
Croatia advanced to the round of 16 with 1 win, 2 draws and 2nd place in Group E, but there is a strong possibility that they will meet Spain, the influential ‘Invincible Fleet’, in Group E in 1st place.
Morocco, who reached the World Cup round of 16 for the first time in 36 years since the 1986 Mexico tournament, scored the opening goal in the early hours without missing a mistake from the Canadian defence.
Canadian defender Stephen Vittoria passed the ball back to the goalkeeper and headed for Moroccan striker Yusif Nusairi, and Canadian goalkeeper Milon Borian quickly cleared the goal, leaving the goal empty.
Hakim Jiyash, who took the ball, kicked it into the empty net with his left foot and scored the first goal in the 4th minute of the first half.
Morocco, who conquered the baseline, scored another goal in the 23rd minute of the first half.
Right back Ashraf Hakimi stabbed a long pass forward from the Moroccan camp.
Nusayri, who had overtaken two Canadian defenders with explosive momentum, promptly opened the bottom right corner of the Canadian goal with a right-footed shot.
Canadian goalkeeper Borion threw himself late, but the ball passed between the armpits.
Canada, who were one-sided, made up for one goal with their first own goal of the tournament in the 40th minute of the first half.
Canadian defender Sam Adecoubi cut down the left side of the Moroccan camp and lifted a low and quick cross towards the goal.
Morocco Nusayri bounced back to the net with a non-stop right-footed shot in the extra time of the first half, but only after the goal ceremony was over, he confirmed the offside statement and wore a dejected expression.
Canada, who had already failed to advance to the round of 16 with two defeats, launched an all-out attack in the second half with the aim of securing their first ever World Cup win.
In the 13th minute of the second half, Alfonso Davies’ shot changed the mood, and in the 15th minute of the second half, Canada replaced Mark Anthony Kay, Kyle Larryn, and Adecoubi, putting three people in at once: Attiba Hutchinson, Jonathan David, and Ismail Kone.
In the 26th minute of the second half, Hutchinson’s header, which was replaced in a corner kick situation, hit the crossbar and was deflected towards the goal line.
However, the goal was canceled as the ball failed to cross the goal line by half a ball.
Canada even joined the attack in extra time in the second half, but ultimately ended the tournament with 3 losses without being able to return the game to the starting point.
The match between Croatia and Belgium at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayjan, Qatar, ended in a 0-0 draw.
In the 15th minute of the first half, Yannick Carrasco of Belgium stepped on the foot of Andrei Kramaric of Croatia in the penalty area, leading to a penalty kick.
However, via video review (VAR), Croatia’s Dejan Lovren was determined to be in an offside position and the penalty was cancelled.
Belgium desperate for a goal to advance to the round of 16, Torgan Hazard kicked the ball past Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Rivakovic in extra time of the second half and aimed for Romelu Lukaku, who was waiting in front of the goal.
It was a good opportunity for Lukaku to score towards the empty goal, but the ball that Lukaku once had fell to the chest long and was caught by the goalkeeper Libakovic.
It is the first time in 24 years that Belgium have been eliminated from the World Cup group stage since France in 1998.
In 2006 and 2010, they failed to reach the World Cup finals.