Doha: Another day, another upset at the World Cup, looks like a normal day at the FIFA World Cup 2022. As an anxious mob peered in, The Lions defeated The Red Devils. Belgium stood no chance as Morocco inched in two goals in the last minutes.
The match started in favor of Belgium. Michy Batshuayi, Kevin de Bruyne, and Thomas Meunier attempted at an early goal. Yassine Bounou and KMoroccan defense charged really hard to avoid a Belgium rise. At the stroke of the first half, Hakim Ziyech sent a superb freekick. However, The referee disallowed the goal after a VAR Check.
The Atlas Lions fought bravely in the second half leaving no stone unturned. Their efforts bore fruit in the 73rd minute. Abdelhamid Sabhiri shoots a perfect set piece past Courtois to open the account. The goal, the first direct freekick of the FIFA World Cup 2022, venerated the Lions’ spirit. The Belgians looked for an equalizer by thrusting forward into the Moroccan goalie. At 90+2′, Hakim Ziyech cut back a pass to Zakaria Aboukhlal, who slid it past the Belgian goalpost smoothly. The Red Devils froze in the shock of an upset yet could not hit back.
The Atlas Lions who showed resolutely and tenacity for a victory won the match 2-0. The Morocco-Belgium match is just their third victory in World Cup history. Their first victory was against Portugal in 1986 (3-1). Their second and last win came against Scotland in the 1998 World Cup. The Atlas Lions waited almost two decades and four more years for another win. And it could not have been any sweeter. Additionally, They humiliated the Number 2 ranked team in the World and this is definitely the biggest and best match for Morocco in World Cup history
With the victory, Morocco jumped to the first position with four points from two matches. On the other hand, the 2018 semifinalists slipped to the second position. Morocco faces a very low-ranked Canada in the last match while Belgium faces the 2018 runners-up Croatia. The Belgians are inching close to an early exit as Croatia might have an upper hand later tonight against Canada.