Morocco strikes late to earn shock win over Belgium

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.


Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency