Morocco qualifies for FIFA World Cup Round of 16 after win against Canada

This is the first time that Morocco has qualified to the knockouts since 1986 World Cup.

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech in action.

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech in action. | Photo Credit: AP

This is the first time that Morocco has qualified to the knockouts since 1986 World Cup.

Morocco progressed into the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 after its 2-1 win against Canada in a Group F fixture on Thursday at the AL Thumama stadium.

This is the first time that Morocco has qualified to the knockouts since the 1986 World Cup, where it lost to West Germany in the Round of 16.

Hakim Ziyech scored in the fourth minute, second fasted goal this edition, to provide an early lead to the African nation. Youssef El Nesyri followed suit and doubled the lead with a powerful shot inside the penalty box.

Canada pulled one back courtesy of an own goal from Nayef Aguerd but it wasn’t enough in the end.

With seven points from two wins and a draw, Walid Regragui’s side became the first African nation to top its group in World Cups since 1998.

Group F points table at the end of group stage:

PositionTeamsMatchesWinDrawLossGFGAGDPoints
1Morocco32104137
2Croatia31204135
3Belgium311112-14
4Canada300327-50
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