This year’s World Cup in Qatar is constantly being staged. After 24 years, “The Atlas Lion” Morocco won the match again. What is even rarer is that this victory came from the world ranking the second “The Red Devils” Belgium. Before receiving 2 defeats and 1 draw in the last World Cup in Russia, Morocco had missed the elimination stage four consecutive times. The previous game of this year ended with a draw with Croatia and finally won a huge victory 2-0 this time.
“The Red Devils” Belgium started with a strong momentum of 8 consecutive victories across the group stage previously. However, since the start of this tournament, their performance has not been as eye-catching as expected. Although they defeated Canada in the first game, the content of the game was not satisfactory. In the game against Morocco, both teams were unable to break through the opponent’s goal in the first half until Morocco scored a free kick in the 73rd minute of the second half, with credit to substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri. Then in the 92nd minute, Zakaria Aboukhlal scored an insurance point, and the thrilling game was completed 2-0 at the end.
In this game, Belgium had the opportunity to challenge the new history and push the winning streak to 9 games, but it could only end in bitterness. The last time Belgium suffered defeat in the group stage was 28 years ago when they lost 1-0 to Saudi Arabia in the World Cup in the United States.