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Morocco to accomplish first knockout stage since 1986. Morocco defeated Canada 2-1 on Thursday, taking advantage of mistakes made by Canada to advance to the round of 16. Hakim Ziyech scored the game’s first goal in less than four minutes by taking advantage of a mistake made by Canada’s defense line. Youssef En-Nesyri scored again in the 23rd minute on a beautiful pass from Achraf Hakimi over the back line of Canada, but John Herdman’s team got one back just before halftime thanks to an own goal from Nayef Aguerd.

Albeit Canada’s best efforts in the second half, they were unable to tie the score, despite coming close when a shot bounced close to the goal line before being cleared away. This is Morocco’s first World Cup appearance in the round of 16 since 1986. Ziyech controversially departed from international competition in a dispute with former coach Vahid Halilhodzic a few months back, therefore he wasn’t even a member of this Moroccan team at the time. But on Thursday, even with a little assistance from Canada’s defense, he scored the goal that effectively advanced his team to the round of 16.

The atmosphere was established within the first four minutes thanks to Milan Borjan’s disastrous blunder. Although Alistair Johnston’s weak backpass did not assist, Canada’s goalkeeper’s touch was a little too sweet, allowing Ziyech to score the opening goal. With the victory, Morocco takes the first position in the group and will now play the group’s runner-up in Group E, which also includes Spain, Japan, Costa Rica, and Germany. In the meanwhile, Canada will now anticipate hosting the 2026 World Cup alongside the United States and Mexico.

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Salman Shaikh
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