Morocco strikes late to earn shock win over Belgium

Morocco strikes late to earn shock win over Belgium

Baku, November 27, AZERTAC

Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal's goals helped Morocco win against Belgium in the World Cup Group F on Sunday.

The Moroccan national team scored at the edge of the first half with a free-kick goal from Hakim Ziyech but it was disallowed for offside.

The first half ended in a goalless draw at Doha's Al Thumama stadium.

Sabiri scored the opener with a superb precision-guided free-kick from outside the penalty area in the 73rd minute.

In stoppage time, Zakaria Aboukhlal made a close-range finish with an assist by Ziyech as the game ended with a 2-0 result in favor of Morocco.

Following two group matches, Morocco increased their points to four while Belgium collected three points after two matches.

It was Morocco’s first win at a World Cup since 1998 and only its third ever.

Belgium will next play 2018 finalist Croatia in its final group match, while Morocco will face Canada.

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