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Belgium vs Morocco Live

Hello, welcome to our afternoon coverage of the day 8 of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Belgium vs Morocco live
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13:33

Belgium take on Morocco in the second game of the day, with the Belgians knowing that a win for them today will seal their spot in the round of 16

13:39

The Red Devils started their campaign with a laboured 1-0 win over Canada. A match they were lucky to win. However, if they can manage the same scoreline this afternoon, they will join France in the round of 16.

13:41

As for the Atlas Lions, they played a goalless draw with 2018 finalists Croatia, but will need to also at least avoid a defeat to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockout round.

13:43

Belgium make two changes to the side that beat Canada, with with Amadou Onana replacing Youri Tielemans in midfield and Thorgan Hazard coming in for Yannick Carrasco.

13:47

Belgium XI: Courtois, Castagne, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Meunier; Witsel, Onana, T. Hazard, De Bruyne, E. Hazard, Batshuayi.

13:47

Meanwhile, Morocco name the same side that drew against Croatia.

13:48

Morocco XI: Bounou, Mazraoui, Aguerd, Saiss, Hakimi, Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah, Ziyech, Boufal, En-Nesyri.

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The players arriving at Al Thumama Stadium, venue of the clash
13:56

The national anthems are done. Now for the main course.

13:57

And away we go,

14:00

Morocco have started brightly and are backed by a boisterous crowd anytime they venture forward.

14:05

However, they need to watch it at the back as Michy Batsuayi forces a corner kick for Belgium

14:05

Almost an own goal from the resulting corner, but it's just another corner, which Morocco cleared.

14:06

It is all Belgium now after Morocco's early dominance. This is a better performance from Belgium than the one against Canada.

14:20

Yellow card for Onana who will miss Belgium's final game.

14:30

A half chance fell into the path of Achraf Hakimi but the PSG man could only blaze over the bar.

14:35

Ten minutes before halftime. Are heading for another first half goalless draw?

14:36

Morocco have a freekick on the edge of the box as we enter one minute of added time.

14:46

Belgium 0-0 Morocco. Ziyech whips in a freekick that Romain Saiss appears to connect with, but the goal has been disallowed following a review.

14:49

Belgium 0-0 Morocco. That happened to be the last kick of the match.

14:50

We are back for the second half.

15:05

First shot on target from Morocco but it is a comfortable save for Thibaut Courtois.

15:10

Belgium respond with a shot on target from their own as Hazard forces a corner kick

15:11

However, Onana heads wide from the resulting corner.

15:12

That was close! Boufal showed great skill but his attempt just went off the near post. That was close

15:17

Belgium change. Eden Hazard and Andre Onana comes off for Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans.

15:20

It has been a familiar story in this competition, so we could be heading for another late drama.

15:27

Changes for Morocco. Hakimi comes off for Yahya Attiat-Allal while Selim Amallah departs the field of play to be replaced by Abdelhamid Sabiri

15:29

A friendly reminder that Belgium are currently ranked 2nd in the world but they are not playing like it.

15:30

Morocco changes again. Youssef En Nesyri is replaced by Abderrazak Hamdallah while Boufal comes off for  Zakaria Aboukhlal

15:33

Belgium 0-1 Morocco. They were denied in the first half, but not this time as Abdelhamid Sabiri beats Courtois at his near post to give the Atlas Lions the lead.

15:35

Belgium respond with Charles De Ketelaere and Leandro Trossard coming on for Michy Batsuayi and Thorgan Hazard.

15:35

Another Belgium change as Martinez brings on Romelu Lukaku for Thomas Meunier. Can the Inter Milan star salvage a point for Belgium?

Sabiri's goal
Belgium could do with a peak Thierry Henry now.
How about this for a stat.
15:46

Six minutes for Belgium to salvage a point from this game.

15:49

Five minutes of added time.

15:52

Belgium 0-2 Morocco. Game over! The Red Devils have been stunned as Zakaria Aboukhlal stunning finish seals the three points for Morocco. What a result for the North Africans.

15:53

FT Belgium 0-2 Morocco. The Atlas Lions are now in a good position to reach the knockout stage following a stunning win over the Red Devils.

15:57

This is only Morocco's third win at the World Cup, but what a time to get it. They are now on top of Group F with four points from two games, although Croatia could join them if they beat Canada in the next match.

16:06

That is it from me. Join my colleague for the evening coverage. Thank you.

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