Morocco fulfilled his duties by defeating Canada and achieved a brilliant qualification for the round of 16 as group leader, taking advantage of the fact that Croatiadespite also passing the round, tied against Belgium. the goals of ziyech Y en-nesiry They paved the way for a team that found a commendable reaction in its rival but that knew how to read the game and suffer to equal the record that the country achieved in Mexico 86.
Despite the fact that the initial tie was already worth it to the North Africans, the classification became even more difficult very soon, with a monumental blunder from the goal borjan. It was running minute 4 when a short transfer of Johnston forced him out of the box, but instead of clearing the ball, he passed it directly to ziyech so that the player of the Chelsea He scored on an empty gate.
Canada-Morocco, in pictures Noushad Thekkayil / EFE
The mistake upset a Canadian team that despite starting the game eliminated had given a good image in the two previous games due to the showiness and courage of their football. Herdmann He had introduced some changes to his usual eleven, but he could not find the formula to especially stop the band of ziyechfor which Morocco loaded the game.
A ball to the far post to which Buchanan narrowly missed seemed to be a symptom of a small recovery, but those of regragui They did not give up and in the 23rd minute they opened a gap. An excellent long pass from hakimi from the right between the two Canadian centrals he won it in speed en-nesirywho shot borjan.
Morocco was unleashed and continued to show danger at each arrival, but a play five minutes from the break returned to Canada to shock. the moroccan auguerdwhen trying to clear a center of Adekugbe, introduced the ball into his own goal. The first act closed with a disallowed goal in-Nesyri for positional offside.
The goal conceded in the last stretch of the first period caused the Moroccan team to be more cautious at the start of the second. that made Canada took possession of the ball. The trend had changed and the frantic pace of the first 45 minutes gave way to a more leisurely match in which no chances were created.
Halfway through the period the two technicians introduced changes, more incisive those of the North Americans, more conservative those of the Africans. had the tie Canada in the 71st minute, but the header from Hutchinson at the exit of a corner he hit the crossbar and lightly touched the goal line, without going all the way in. The rejection did not succeed in introducing it into the network Johnston in a new auction.
squeezed Canada Y Morocco He defended his precious victory with everything, trying in turn to hunt a counter to close the game. He didn’t need it. He knew how to suffer to secure a victory that allows him to emulate the team that in Mexico 86 They also went as first in the group to the round of 16.
Canada: Borjan, Johnston, Vitoria, Miller, Adekugbe (Koné, min 60), Buchanan, Kaye (Hutchinson, min 60), Osorio (Laryea, min. 65), Davies, Larin (David, min 60), and Hoilett (Wotherspoon, min. min 76)Morocco: Bono, Hakimi (Jabrane, min. 85), Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui, Ounahi (El Yamiq, min. 76), Amrabat, Sabiri (Amallah, min. 65), Ziyech (Hamdallah, min. 76), En Nesyri and Boufal (Aboukhal, min. 65) L.Goals: 0-1, Ziyech (min. 4); 0-2, En-Nesyri (min. 23): 1-2, Aguerd, own goal (min. 40).Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil). He admonished Hoillet (min. 7), Osorio (min. 35), Adekugbe (min. 46), Vitoria (min. 84), Incidents: 43,102 spectators at the Althumana Stadium.
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