Morocco secured just their third World Cup victory against FIFA’s second-ranked side Belgium, as goals from substitute duo Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal sealed a historic 2-0 win.
Sabiri found the net from an incredibly tight angle, beating Thibaut Courtois to his near post with a clever free-kick, before Aboukhlal swooped in on Hakim Ziyech’s through ball to seal a momentous stoppage-time victory in second period.
Morocco were denied a goal at half-time when Ziyech’s free-kick nestled in the back of the net, only to be ruled out by a lengthy VAR review, which ruled Romain Saiss in position offside and blocking the eye. -Courtois line, although he did not touch the ball.
Belgium had had the best of the game so far, after Morocco made a mysterious goalkeeper change minutes before kick-off, replacing Yassine Bounou with Munir El Kajoui.
He was called into action early to deny Michy Batshuayi in the fifth minute, as the former Chelsea forward picked up an incisive pass from Thorgan Hazard but lacked the trickery to beat Munir.
Belgium worked afterwards, offering very little threat from their star shooters, as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan were all stifled by Morocco’s steely resolve.