Morocco joins Senegal in Qatar 2022 second round as Ghana, Cameroun fight to survive

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Africa got its second candidate into the second round of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar, yesterday, when Morocco defeated Canada 2-1 to advance to that stage.

Senegal had on Tuesday beaten Ecuador 2-1 to move to the round of 16, but Tunisia did not have such luck, as their 1-0 defeat of France on Wednesday could not fetch them a second round ticket.

Yesterday in Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, Morocco first half blitz took Canada by surprise as they crumbled under the North African force.
Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri scored the goals that saw Morocco secure top spot in Group F and a place in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

Morocco were drawn in a tricky group, including Croatia and Belgium, who finished second and third in 2018 respectively, but took four points off the European sides before holding on for victory against Canada in their final group game.

Morocco will now play the runners-up in Group E, comprising Spain, Japan, Costa Rica and Germany. Group E matches were concluded late yesterday.
A victory for Croatia over Belgium – who faced off at the same time as Morocco played Canada – could have seen the North Africans drop to second, but it was the Croatians who finished as runners-up after drawing 0-0 with Roberto Martinez’s outfit, who crashed out at the group stage.

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