FIFA 22nd-ranked Morocco defeated FIFA 2nd-ranked Belgium 2-0 in the second leg of the group stage of Group F of the Qatar World Cup, held at the Assumama Stadium in Doha, in Qatar, 27. Morocco recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 4 points, while Belgium remained firm with 3 points (1 win, 1 loss).
Belgium, third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, conceded two second-half goals to Morocco armed with solid defense and quick, sharp attacks. Morocco have recorded just 2 draws and 2 defeats in World Cup finals since beating Scotland 3-0 in the 3rd round of the group stage of the 1998 World Cup in France, adding a precious win in 24 years. At the same time, the 0-1 defeat at the 1994 World Cup against Belgium paid off after 28 years.
With 9 minutes remaining in the second half, with Belgium trailing 0-1, striker Romelu Lukaku (29, Inter Milan), who had come off the bench with hamstring pain, was brought on to face him in an all-out battle but were beaten by a key extra-time goal in the second half.
Abdulhamid Sabiri (26, Sampdoria) ended the deadlock 28 minutes into the second half as the fruitless battle continued. A free kick from the right square area of the Belgian goal was kicked low and fast with the right foot, and the ball left Sabiri’s big toe and went across the goal line without hitting the attacker or defender. Morocco, who grabbed victory, decided the match in the 47th minute of the second half with a wedge shot from Zakariya Abuhalal after a razor blade pass from Ziyasi who quickly digged into the left side of the penalty area.
Sabiri scored the first goal on 28 November. This target is like a “birthday self-celebration shot”. Sabiri, born in Morocco, is an immigrant who arrived in Germany at the age of three. Living in Frankfurt, he also said that being responsible for supporting his family was his motivation to focus on football. In his mid-twenties, Saviri experienced clubs all over Europe, including the German second division Nuremberg, Paderborn, Huddersfield (England) and Ascoli (Italy).