World Cup 2022: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal seal late win

Morocco triggered the newest shock at a World Cup that has been filled with surprises by beating Belgium due to late targets by Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was at fault for the primary purpose, inexplicably permitting Sabiri’s inswinging free-kick to beat him at his close to publish with 17 minutes to go.

However the entire Belgium aspect paid the worth for a ponderous efficiency, with Morocco capping a powerful second-half show when Aboukhlal fired Hakim Ziyech’s cutback into the roof of the web in stoppage time.

That sparked wild celebrations within the stands of Al Thumama Stadium from hundreds of Morocco followers, who had created a raucous ambiance from the beginning.

The outcome means Morocco transfer above Belgium to the highest of Group F on 4 factors, with Croatia and Canada assembly afterward Sunday (16:00 GMT kick-off).

Few surprises had appeared on the playing cards early on. After surviving a high-tempo and helter-skelter strategy from Canada – their first opponents in Group F – Belgium’s preliminary job this time was to interrupt down Morocco’s massed defence.

They managed it throughout the first 5 minutes, when Thorgan Hazard despatched Michy Batshuayi working clear, however he was denied by Munir Mohamedi, a late alternative within the Morocco purpose after Bono was taken ailing within the warm-up.

It appeared that might simply be the beginning of some sustained Belgium strain, however whereas they continued to dominate possession, additional clear-cut possibilities had been few and much between.

Roared on by their noisy followers, who had been bouncing throughout Al Thumama Stadium in nice numbers, Morocco comfortably stored them at bay and commenced to develop into the sport themselves.

They thought that they had taken the lead simply earlier than half-time when Ziyech’s free-kick eluded Courtois, however the video assistant referee (VAR) confirmed Romain Saiss was offside and deemed to be interfering with play after working throughout the Belgium goalkeeper’s line of sight.

Roberto Martinez’s aspect didn’t enhance after the break, solely managing photographs from distance from the ineffective Eden Hazard and substitute Dries Mertens.

Morocco, in the meantime, had been changing into as energetic as their supporters within the stands and went near taking the lead when Sofiane Boufal minimize in from the left and despatched a shot bouncing huge.

They stored coming ahead and received their reward when Sabiri’s intelligent free-kick discovered Courtois dozing at a set-piece once more. This time, there was to be no VAR reprieve to save lots of him.

The closest Belgium got here to an equaliser was when Jan Vertonghen headed huge, earlier than Aboukhlal made positive of a surprising victory by ending off a swift break.

Belgium made to look second finest

Belgium’s stuttering win over Canada of their opening recreation means their path to the final 16 remains to be open, albeit much less easy than was anticipated.

However this was one other reminder that the technology of gamers that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup 4 years in the past are nearing the top of the highway.

They had been disjointed going ahead, with Batshuayi ineffective in assault and Romelu Lukaku solely match sufficient for a cameo look within the closing moments.

Even Manchester Metropolis star Kevin de Bruyne was unable so as to add any inspiration in midfield and, on the again, veteran pair Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld had been left petrified by the tempo of Morocco’s assault when their aspect had been chasing the sport.

They regarded nothing like a aspect supposedly ranked quantity two on the earth and had been made to look second finest by Morocco, who sit 20 locations decrease.

Participant of the match

ZiyechHakim Ziyech

Belgium

  1. Squad quantity17Participant titleTrossard

  2. Squad quantity7Participant titleDe Bruyne

  3. Squad quantity18Participant titleOnana

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleCastagne

  5. Squad quantity10Participant titleE Hazard

  6. Squad quantity16Participant titleT Hazard

  7. Squad quantity5Participant titleVertonghen

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleAlderweireld

  9. Squad quantity15Participant titleMeunier

  10. Squad quantity6Participant titleWitsel

  11. Squad quantity1Participant titleCourtois

  12. Squad quantity8Participant titleTielemans

  13. Squad quantity14Participant titleMertens

  14. Squad quantity23Participant titleBatshuayi

  15. Squad quantity22Participant titleDe Ketelaere

  16. Squad quantity9Participant titleLukaku

Morocco

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleZiyech

  2. Squad quantity5Participant titleAguerd

  3. Squad quantity17Participant titleBoufal

  4. Squad quantity11Participant titleSabiri

  5. Squad quantity14Participant titleAboukhlal

  6. Squad quantity6Participant titleSaïss

  7. Squad quantity2Participant titleHakimi

  8. Squad quantity12Participant titleMohamedi

  9. Squad quantity19Participant titleEn-Nesyri

  10. Squad quantity3Participant titleMazraoui

  11. Squad quantity4Participant titleS Amrabat

  12. Squad quantity9Participant titleHamdallah

  13. Squad quantity18Participant titleEl Yamiq

  14. Squad quantity15Participant titleAmallah

  15. Squad quantity25Participant titleAttiat-Allah

  16. Squad quantity8Participant titleOunahi

Line-ups

Belgium

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Courtois
  • 15MeunierSubstituted forLukakuat 81′minutes
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 21Castagne
  • 18OnanaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forTielemansat 60′minutes
  • 6Witsel
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forMertensat 60′minutes
  • 16T HazardSubstituted forTrossardat 74′minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forDe Ketelaereat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Theate
  • 4Faes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Carrasco
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Casteels
  • 14Mertens
  • 17Trossard
  • 19Dendoncker
  • 20Vanaken
  • 22De Ketelaere
  • 24Openda
  • 25Doku
  • 26Debast

Morocco

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Mohamedi
  • 2HakimiSubstituted forSabiriat 68′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Aguerd
  • 6Saïss
  • 3Mazraoui
  • 8OunahiSubstituted forEl Yamiqat 78′minutes
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 15AmallahSubstituted forAttiat-Allahat 67′minutes
  • 7Ziyech
  • 19En-NesyriSubstituted forHamdallahat 73′minutes
  • 17BoufalSubstituted forAboukhlalat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hamdallah
  • 10Zaroury
  • 11Sabiri
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 16Ezzalzouli
  • 18El Yamiq
  • 20Dari
  • 21Cheddira
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23El Khannouss
  • 24Benoun
  • 25Attiat-Allah
  • 26Jabrane

Referee:
César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos

Attendance:
43,738

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