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Round of 16: Morocco wins group play, knocking out Belgium’s “Golden Generation” and the World Cup

The 2022 World Cup’s Group F has been won by Morocco after a 2-1 victory over Canada on December 1.

 

The North African squad defeated Canada handily thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri in the first half. Croatia and Belgium, who placed second and third in the 2018 World Cup, were placed in the same group as Morocco and Canada. The North African team defeated Canada in their final group match by scoring four points against the European teams.

A victory for Croatia over Belgium who faced off at the same time as Morocco played Canada, could have seen the North Africans drop to second. This is Morocco’s first last-16 appearance at a World Cup since 1986.

 

With Morocco and Croatia finishing first and second in the group respectively, Belgium and Canada are now out of the tournament.

 

This is Canada’s first World Cup since 1986. On the other hand, this is the first time Belgium has failed to qualify for the Round of 16 since 1998.

 

Morocco will now play the runners-up in Group E; either Spain, Japan, Costa Rica or Germany

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