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Group F’s final matchday remains competitive and hard to predict. Win or draw, and Morocco advances regardless of the other group match.
If they lose, they’ll need Croatia to lose by at least two goals or Belgium to lose to advance. Morocco would be eliminated if they lost by four goals or more and others drew their other group match.
Morocco just need to finish the job, but it would be a surprise if they didn’t move on. They’ve already gotten points from both of their opponents, and the Atlas Lions have easily shut out both Croatia and Belgium so far.
While their 0-0 draw with the Vatreni was lacklustre, Zakaria Aboukhlal’s late goal against Belgium sealed a 2-0 win. Walid Regragui’s team has been the tournament’s biggest surprise, given the quality of their opponents.
Even if they win the group, they’ll likely face Spain or Germany in the final 16, so they’ll face a tough test. Canada’s quickness out wide and presence up front created many chances, but their adventure ended.
Being foolish in defense and structure led to a 4-1 loss to Croatia on Sunday. Milan Borjan’s saves kept Zlatko Dalic’s team from scoring six or seven.
Alphonso Davies, who missed a penalty against Belgium in their opening match, scored Canada’s first World Cup goal on their fifth attempt.
They’ll remember leading the 2018 finalists for nearly 30 minutes as they prepare for 2026. They should have beaten a bad Belgian team, but they missed a penalty and blew other chances. After the hosts Qatar got eliminated, they were the second team to be knocked out of the tournament.
They’ll hope not to finish with zero points like in 1986, but they have a solid foundation and a young group for the next World Cup, which they’ll co-host.
The Maple Leafs were matched against 2018’s second and third-place teams, and arguably Africa’s strongest nation.
Canada vs Morocco – Betting Analysis
John Herdman must decide whether to go all out for points in a dead game or play fringe players. Ismael Kone has been a substitute twice and could replace Atiba Hutchinson, 39, this week.
Cyle Larin didn’t make much of an impact in place of Junior Hoilett against Croatia, so the latter may return with Davies going up with Jonathan David. Yassine Bounou was substituted by Munir Mohamedi after the national anthems after feeling sick.
Even though Noussair Mazraoui was hurt against Croatia, he passed a late fitness test and was able to play fullback. Regragui named an unchanged side until a late goalkeeper change and will likely do so again here.
Canada will probably be a bigger threat to Morocco than Croatia and Belgium because they want to score more goals and get a point. If Morocco can do what they did in the group stage, they will move on to the round of 16.
Canada vs Morocco: Head-to-Head
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