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Morocco squeeze past Canada to secure last 16 place

Morocco squeeze past Canada to secure last 16 place

Morocco claimed a 2-1 victory over Canada at the Al Thumama Stadium to secure a place in the last 16 for the first time since 1986.

After beginning their World Cup 2022 campaign wit a goalless draw against Croatia, victories over Belgium and Canada ensure Morocco finishes top of Group F.

Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring in the fourth before Youssef En-Nesyri doubled the advantage in what proved to be an entertaining first period.

Canada managed to halve the deficit thanks to Nayef Aguerd‘s own goal, while En-Nesyri had an effort chalked off in first half stoppage time.

John Herdman‘s side went close to finding an equaliser in the second period when Atiba Hutchinson‘s powerful header hit the crossbar before dropping down onto the goalline, but Morocco held firm to secure a narrow victory.

While Canada exits the tournament without picking up a point, Morocco will face the team that finishes second in Group E in the last 16 on Tuesday.

More to follow.

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