Hello and welcome to HIGHLIGHTS of the Canada vs Morocco Group F FIFA World Cup game at the Al Thumama Stadium.
The runner up from the Russia World Cup advances to the Last 16 after a 0-0 draw with Belgium.
The Moroccan team comes out on to the pitch. The celebrations are just beginning! They’ve made it to the Round of 16 after 36 years. They’ve beaten the World No. 2 and drawn 2018’s runner up. This has been a huge huge statement from the African side. They go through as the top ranked team from the group. They might have conceded today but never really felt the pressure from Canada. Canada for all their efforts, fail to return with any points. It has been a steep learning curve over the last two weeks for the North American side. Regragui’s side will now focus on its knockout match on December 6 where it will take on the second placed team from Group E.
Borjan comes out of his line to stop a Morocco attack. That is the last action of the game! Morocco qualifies!
Morocco are on the counter with Borjan way off his line. Davies comes charging back down the flank to save his team.
Borjan arrives to attack on a Canada corner but a poor delivery leaves his effort futile.
El Nesyri is racing behind the ball but it eludes him and goes past the touchline. Four minutes of added time.
Bono almost messes that long ball up! He comes out to collect it but realises he is outside the penalty area. He takes it on his chest first then turns and gathers the all. Davies was waiting for the error to pounce on.
Canada continue to mount pressure. This time they win a corner as Mazraoui heads away a long ball. Johnston’s header is off target from the set piece.
Amrabat breaks out from the backline and takes the ball into the Canada half. He is fouled but plays the ball to Hamdallah who tries to take on the defender. The attacker is too slow and ends up loosing the ball.
Amrabat thwarts a Canada attack with a sliding tackle. Canada get a corner but it is cleared.
Is that in? Hutchinson’s header misses crossing the goal line by the barest of margins. The ball hits the bar and then bounces just on the line, not beyond it. Johnston follows up with the second shot but the ball goes over.
Canada gets a free kick at the other end. Saiss clears the delivery from Saiss.
Ounahi and Ziyech develop a move from the right which culimates in the Chelsea player being tripped outside the penalty area. The referee order, however, that the game should continue.
It is still goalless in the Croatia vs Belgium match at the Al Rayyan Stadium.
Ounhai is in a one on one with Miller in the Canada penalty area. The defender holds his ground and is able to avert the attack.
Davies’ shot wide! He meets a cross from the right flank with a left footed shot but it goes wide.
Davies takes a free kick from the right wing. The aim is for the far post, he sends it there but Larin is not able to get to the ball.
Ziyech brings down Davies as he turns away for a run. Free kick to Canada.
Boufal fouled on the centre line by Johnston.
Ziyech plays a long cross field pass for Boufal. The forward chases it and is in a shoulder to shoulder tussle with Johnston. The Canadian wins the battle and gets the ball.
Morocco controlling the ball in the early minutes.
Canada in a huddle before kick off for the second period. They get the ball rolling. A potential comeback nearing?
The Africans are going through as things stand. The other match in the group - Croatia vs Belgium - is still 0-0. They’ve conceded their first goal in 11 hours but some clinical attacking moves have seen the team end the first half in the lead. An interesting second half awaits.
El Nesyri’s goal is ruled offside. He is near the left touchline celebrating when he turns to find out that that’s is not a goal. His shot went past Borjan when Agueud was in the keeper’s line of sight.
Agukbe slides in but fouls Hakimi. He goes into the book for the offence.
We’re going to have five minutes of added time.
Canada score! They’ve pulled one back. It is an own goal.
Morocco’s build up play was majestic. They move down the right with swift one-two touch moves. They reach the penalty area but the cross lacks accuracy to threaten the goal.
Kaye loses the ball with a poor pass. Morocco mount on a counter but the ball goes out of play on the left flank.
Another chance for Morocco! Hakimi crosses from the right. Nesyri turns it on to his left to open room for the shot but the ball goes slightly farther than he wanted. Sabiri comes charging from the midfield and takes a shot. It is blocked by the defender.
El Nesyri caught offside on a counter attack for Morocco.
Boufal fouls Vitoria near the half way line.
El Nesyri with a sublime finish to double Morocco’s lead. They lead 2-0!
Morocco in control of the game. The team has seen 50% of the possession so far. Canada with 39% while 11% has been in contention.
Larin makes a splendid run from the right wing. He then crosses it low into the penalty area where Buchanan is charging in. The ball is slightly ahead of him and he cannot reach it, even after a dive.
Oh it is a goal! It is a howler from Brojan! Ziyech puts Morocco ahead.
Early chance for Morocco. Hakimi crosses from the right and En Nesyri is there in the middle but cannot middle the header.
And the game is underway. Morocco get the ball rolling and attempt to build from the back.
20:24 - The national anthems play as the players file up before the fans.
20:21 - Here is how the Group F looks before today’s game:
20:20 - Canada’s matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022:
Lost 0-1 vs Belgium
Lost 1-4 vs Croatia
20:17 - Morocco’s matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022:
Drew 0-0 Croatia
Won 2-0 vs Belgium
20:15 - Head to Head Record
Played: 4 | Canada: 1 | Morocco: 2 | Draw: 1
20:00 - Morocco on the cusp of history:
A win today will seal a knockout spot for the African side - the first time since 1986.
19:25 - Lineups out!
Canada: Borjan, Johnston, Adekugbe, Miller, Vitoria, Hoilett, Buchanan, Kaye, Larin, Davies, Osorio
Morocco: Bono, Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui, Amrabat, Ounahi, Sabiri, Boufal, En-Neysri, Ziyech
An invigorated Moroccan team will be seeking to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades by defeating or drawing with Canada in their final Group F match on Thursday.
Morocco recorded their first World Cup win since 1998 by defeating second-ranked Belgium 2-0 on Sunday, sparking euphoria among players, wild celebrations among fans - and even riots in Brussels.
In their final group stage test, the Moroccans will play Canada, who will be looking to bag their first win in the tournament’s history after being eliminated from their first World Cup in 36 years.
A win or draw would help Morocco to their first appearance in the round of 16 of since 1986. If Canada prevail, Morocco will need Belgium to beat Croatia in the other Group F match, with the goal difference determining if they or the 2018 runners-up advance.
“If we get through to the knockout stage, I think we will be very dangerous going forward,” Moroccan manager Walid Regragui said ahead of their win against Belgium.
Morocco unexpectedly changed goalkeepers at the last moment before kickoff against Belgium as Munir El Kajoui came on to replace Yassine Bounou. A team doctor later said that Bounou had felt dizzy but would be fit to play against Canada.
Canada were knocked out after losing their two opening fixtures against Belgium and Croatia but managed to score their first ever World Cup goal - just 68 seconds after kick off - against the Croatians.
With nothing left at stake in the tournament, Canada will try to build on the strong performance they showed against Belgium and focus on leaving Qatar in good form as they prepare to co-host the World Cup with the United States and Mexico in 2026.
With the World Cup expanding from 32 nations to 48 from 2026, Canada can hope to take part more often in future tournaments after their automatic qualification as co-hosts in four years’ time.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will the Canada vs Morocco World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Canada vs Morocco match will kick-off at the Al Thumama Stadium.
When will the Canada vs Morocco World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Canada vs Moroccoa match will kick-off at 8:30PM IST on December 1, 2022.
Where can you watch the Canada vs Morocco match in India?
The Canada vs Morocco World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Canada vs Morocco match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Canada vs Morocco match outside India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.