In the final 90 minutes of play in Group F, Morocco flexed their attacking muscles to defeat the group’s basement dwellers, Canada, 2-1 and seal their fate as group winners and advance to the FIFA World Cup (WC) knockout rounds for the first time since 1986.
Adding to the frustration of their WC exit already being confirmed, Canada got off to the worst possible start in their final Group F game.
To make matters worse for the Canadians, Morocco doubled their lead in style just over 15 minutes later when Achraf Hakimi’s raking pass found Youssef En-Nesyri in stride, and the striker slotted home clinically.
While it looked like the North Africans would be taking an insurmountable lead into the break, it was cut in half in the final five minutes before the interval, as Sam Adekugbe’s cross glanced off Nayef Aguerd and beat the outstretched hand of Yassine Bounou, opening the door to a potential twist in the tale in the second half.
While they were made to sweat it out, Morocco hung on to complete their heroic effort in Group F, securing their place as group winners.