World Cup 2022: What Must Happen for Morocco to Reach Knockout Round After Historic Win Over Belgium

World Cup 2022: What Must Happen for Morocco to Reach Knockout Round After Historic Win Over Belgium

  • Morocco are inches away from reaching the knockout round of the World Cup for the first time in the country's history
  • Walid Regragui's men revived their hopes of making it to the last 16 after they stunned Belgium 2-0 on Sunday, November 27
  • The win leaves Morocco second in Group F with four points and everything to play for when they face off against Canada in the final group fixture

Morocco is a step away from reaching a historic round of 16 at the World Cup following their memorable win over Belgium on Sunday, November 27.

The north African football giants kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign with an encouraging 0-0 draw against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia in their Group F opener last week.

The Walid Regragui-tutored side, therefore, needed to avoid a defeat when they faced off Belgium over the weekend to avoid an early exit from the tournament.

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Group photo for Morocco team before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Belgium vs Morocco, in Al Thumama Stadium at Doha. Photo by Ayman Aref.
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Their brave performance against the highly placed Belgium now has them on the cusp of booking a historic place in the competition's knockout round.

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Morocco is currently placed second in Group F with four points, level with leaders Croatia, who demolished Canada in the other group fixture.

Belgium is third with three points, while Canada, who have already crashed out, are bottom of the pool with no point.

As it stands, Croatia, Morocco, and Belgium all stand a chance of qualifying for the next phase of the tournament ahead of the final round of group fixtures.

For Morocco to go through, they need to see off Canada in their final Group F match.

Should they draw, they will hope that Croatia either beats or forces Belgium to a draw in the other group match.

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A defeat to Canada will leave the Atlas Lions praying that Croatia dismantles Belgium in that decisive clash set for Thursday, December 1.

Belgium riots after Morocco loss

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that police used water cannons and teargas after coming under attack from football supporters, who brought havoc to Brussels following Morocco's shock 2-0 World Cup win over Belgium in Qatar.

Dozens of fans smashed shop windows, threw fireworks and torched vehicles in a display of violence and outrage.

Even before the end of the match, Brussels police said dozens of people 'sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public safety'.

Source: Sports Brief News