A fast-thinking Abdelhamid Sabiri free-kick caught Thibaut Courtois off guard to attain Morocco’s first in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Belgium.
- Ziyech had aim dominated out in first half
- Sabiri’s cross-come-shot made it 1-0
- Aboukhal made it two on the loss of life
WHAT HAPPENED? Having had a free-kick aim from Hakim Ziyech chalked off within the first 45, Sabiri was readily available to beat Courtois once more and put Belgium in entrance in Al Thumama. The Sampdoria midfielder whipped in a low pushed cross-come-shot from the Morocco left, beating Courtois at his close to publish beneath stress from defender Romain Saiss.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Sabiri’s intelligent free-kick put Morocco forward, earlier than a Zakaria Aboukhal strike within the dying embers accomplished an enormous 2-0 victory over Belgium. The outcome blows Group F extensive open, with Morocco high going into matchday 3 and leaving all of it to play for between Croatia and Canada in a while Sunday.
WHAT NEXT FOR BELGIUM AND MOROCCO? A nightmare outcome for Roberto Martinez’s aspect leaves them needing a win in opposition to Croatia on Thursday to make certain of final 16 qualification. Morocco are actually accountable for their very own future, although, solely needing a draw in opposition to Canada on the identical day with the intention to progress.