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Belgium looking to extend streak, break record in Morocco game at World Cup

Belgium looking to extend streak, break record in Morocco game at World Cup

Belgium will have a World Cup record in their sights when they square off against Morocco at the Al Thumana Stadium on Sunday.

Having finished in third place back in 2018, the Red Devils are determined to go further in this year’s competition with many of their golden generation the wrong side of 30.

However, Roberto Martinez‘s team performed well below par on matchday one as they edged out an impressive Canada side by a 1-0 scoreline.

Michy Batshuayi‘s first-half goal has put Belgium at the top of Group F ahead of their showdown with Morocco, who held Croatia on Wednesday, in Doha.

Should Belgium record maximum points against the Atlas Lions in the second of Sunday’s fixtures, they will be setting a new record in the competition.

Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring against Canada at the World Cup on November 23, 2022.© Reuters

Since losing to Saudi Arabia in their second group-stage contest in 1994, Belgium have posted eight successive victories in the round-robin phase.

They currently find themselves level with Brazil, who have twice put together eight-game winning streaks, but they will move clear of the five-time world champions if they can defeat their next opponents.

Belgium will feel confident of achieving that feat having never suffered defeat to a nation from Africa at the World Cup.

As many as four matches have been contested with such teams, the most recent tussle coming in 2018 when Tunisia were defeated by a 5-2 scoreline.

Prior to that, a comeback 2-1 triumph was posted against Algeria in 2014, a 1-1 draw was earned versus Tunisia in 2002 and Sunday’s opponents were defeated 1-0 in 1994.

Nevertheless, Morocco prevailed in the last meeting between these two sides with a 4-1 win being registered in a friendly back in 2008.

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