Canada vs Morocco: First-half goals from Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri pushed Morocco to a 2-1 victory over Canada, securing top spot in Group F and a place in the World Cup’s last 16 for the first time in 36 years.
Canada vs Morocco: North Africans win Group F and advance to the last 16 for the first time in 36 years
Morocco are in the tableof difficult group with Croatia and Belgium, who finished second and third in 2018 respectively, but took four points off the European sides before holding on to win against Canada in their final group game. The North Africans beat Canada by 1 leading goal and the match ended as 2-1.
Morocco will now face the winner of Group E, which will be either Spain, Japan, Costa Rica, or Germany, on Thursday evening.
Croatia could have finished second if they had defeated Belgium, who faced Morocco at the same time as Morocco faced Canada, but the Croatians finished second after drawing 0-0 with Roberto Martinez’s team, who crashed out at the group stage.
Canada, competing in their first World Cup since 1986, scored shortly before halftime when Nayef Aguerd inadvertently turned Sam Adekugbe’s cross into his own net, but ultimately finished bottom of the standings, without a point.