Canada Global (Web News) The passionate Moroccan team defeated the already-eliminated Canadians 2-1 on Thursday, ruthlessly utilising their opponents’ errors to advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 1986.
Morocco needed to win or draw their final Group F game. To do so, Milan Borjan’s weak clearance that landed on Hakim Ziyech’s foot was exploited.
In the fourth minute, midfielder Ziyech effortlessly floated the ball over the stranded goalie while being cheered on by a raucous crowd of Moroccan supporters.
Morocco finished first in the group and will play the second-place finishers in Group E, which consists of Japan, Spain, Germany, and Costa Rica, after Croatia and Belgium drew 0-0 in the other Group F match.
Canada, who is leaving the World Cup without a point for the first time since 1986, automatically qualifies for the 2026 competition as one of the tournament’s co-hosts with the United States and Mexico.