Late Morocco goals seal stunning win over Belgium

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Morocco caused the latest shock at a World Cup that has been full of surprises by beating Belgium thanks to late goals by Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal.

Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois was at fault for the first goal, inexplicably allowing Sabiri’s inswinging free-kick to beat him at his near post with 17 minutes to go.

But the whole Belgium side paid the price for a ponderous performance, with Morocco capping a magnificent second-half display when Aboukhlal fired Hakim Ziyech’s cutback into the roof of the net in stoppage time.

That sparked wild celebrations in the stands of Al Thumama Stadium from thousands of Morocco fans, who had created a raucous atmosphere from the start.

The result means Morocco move above Belgium to the top of Group F on four points, with Croatia and Canada meeting later on Sunday (16:00 GMT kick-off).

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  1. Squad number1Player nameCourtois

  2. Squad number15Player nameMeunier

  3. Squad number2Player nameAlderweireld

  4. Squad number5Player nameVertonghen

  5. Squad number21Player nameCastagne

  6. Squad number18Player nameOnana

  7. Squad number6Player nameWitsel

  8. Squad number7Player nameDe Bruyne

  9. Squad number10Player nameE Hazard

  10. Squad number16Player nameT Hazard

  11. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi

  1. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  2. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

  3. Squad number14Player nameMertens

  4. Squad number17Player nameTrossard

  5. Squad number22Player nameDe Ketelaere


  1. Squad number12Player nameMohamedi

  2. Squad number2Player nameHakimi

  3. Squad number5Player nameAguerd

  4. Squad number6Player nameSaïss

  5. Squad number3Player nameMazraoui

  6. Squad number8Player nameOunahi

  7. Squad number4Player nameS Amrabat

  8. Squad number15Player nameAmallah

  9. Squad number7Player nameZiyech

  10. Squad number19Player nameEn-Nesyri

  11. Squad number17Player nameBoufal

  1. Squad number9Player nameHamdallah

  2. Squad number11Player nameSabiri

  3. Squad number14Player nameAboukhlal

  4. Squad number18Player nameEl Yamiq

  5. Squad number25Player nameAttiat-Allah



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 61′minutes
  • 16T HazardSubstituted forTrossardat 74′minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forDe Ketelaereat 75′minutes


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


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

César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos


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