Morocco are into the FIFA World Cup knockout stages for only the second time in history.Morocco are the first African side to finish top of their group since Nigeria in 1998.
A result which saw Morocco reach the #FIFAWorldCup knockout stage for the first time in 36 years 👏
See highlights from their 2-1 win over Canada on FIFA+ 👇
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2022
Morocco survived a courageous Canada comeback to win 2-1 and advance to the knockout phase as Group F winners. Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En Nesyri had the Atlas Lions 2-0 up inside 25 minutes, but an Nayef Aguerd own-goal swung momentum in the Canucks’ favour. Atiba Hutchinson hit the bar in the second half, with the ball bouncing down on the line and back out, and Morocco held on for the three points. Morocco will now face the runners-up in Group E in the last 16. Canada will go home having lost all three matches, but having given their opponents trouble in each of them.
Ziyech’s fourth-minute goal was Morocco’s fastest ever in the World Cup. It broke the 18-minute national record Khalid Boutaib set against Spain at Russia 2018.
Player of the Match:Achraf Hakimi.