Morocco pulled off another World Cup upset on Sunday, defeating Belgium 2-0 to put Kevin de Bruyne and the 2018 quarterfinalists in danger of being eliminated in the group stage.
Substitute Morocco’s first goal was scored in the 73rd minute by Abdelhamid Sabiri, who beat Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a close-range free kick taken from a narrow angle. In stoppage time, Zakaria Aboukhlal sent a shot into the top of the goal after receiving a ball from Hakim Ziyech.
Belgium, ranked second in the world behind Brazil, had won its previous seven World Cup group games. It was Morocco’s first World Cup victory since 1998 and its third overall.
If Belgium had defeated Morocco, it would have been the second team behind the reigning champion France to advance for the knockout round.
In its last group encounter, Belgium will face 2018 runner-up Croatia, while Morocco will face Canada.
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