Morocco become second African side to reach last 16 in Qatar

Morocco become second African side to reach last 16 in Qatar
Morocco coach Walid Regragui celebrates after the match as Morocco qualify for the knockout stages

This is their second appearance in the round of 16, the first time being at the 1986 edition in Mexico where they became the first African side to do so.

A nervy 2-1 win over Canada saw Morocco become the second African side to reach the last 16 at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. 

Senegal had earlier in the week qualified, and the Moroccans emulated their feat by finishing top of Group F on seven points, two more than second placed Croatia. 

This is their second appearance in the round of 16, the first time being at the 1986 edition in Mexico where they became the first African side to do so.


Hakim Ziyech capitalized on a goalkeeping blunder to score the opening goal after just four minutes of play before a second in the 23rd minute from Youssef En-Nesyri, running onto a superb long pass from Achraf Hakimi put them two goals to the good. 

Nayef Aguerd deflected the ball into his own net from a Sam Adekugbe cross to hand Canada a consolation goal  five minutes before the break.

The Canadians were agonizingly close to a second half equalizer but fell short.

Morocco next play on Tuesday against the runners-up in Group E, which will be decided later on Thursday night.