Another imperfect performance for Canada at the World Cup.
Like my two previous losses in tournaments, there were moments to savor and moments to forget. The Canadian man is coming home smarter and with more fans after his 36-year absence from the football showcase, if not to say he won.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve been here,” said Canada’s coach John Hardman.
With goals from Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri, No. 22 Morocco took advantage of Canada’s fearsome defense to take a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Canada scored Nayef Agerud’s own goal and he narrowed the first half to 2–1.
The Canadian, ranked 41st in the world, hits the ball freely, second only to the speedy and opportunistic Atlas Lions.
Trying to find winning combinations on and off the field, Hardman switched pitchside from no jacket to a Canadian tracksuit top and suit jacket. However, there was little flow into the Canadian attack until they started making substitutions at the hour mark.
It set off a spell of pressure for Canada, with Morocco barely holding on. but could not cross the finish line completely.
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Hutchinson, making his 101st appearance for Canada, held his head as the Moroccan fans behind the goal gasped.
Moroccan goalkeeper Yasine Boonou, born in Montreal and raised in Morocco, nearly lost handle of the ball in the 87th minute but held on to prevent disaster and the Atlas Lions survived four minutes of injury time. corners when fans roared their sides.
The Canadian finished the tournament with 0 points, previously losing 1-0 to second-placed Belgium and 4-1 to 12th-placed Croatia.
The Canadian won praise for his performance against Belgium, with Alfonso Davis scoring Canada’s first goal in the men’s tournament against Croatia, but Canada lost their first six World Cup games. After Mexico (losing his first nine outings) and El Salvador (six).
Canada also lost 0-3-0 to Mexico in 1986, losing 0-1 to France and 0-2 to Hungary and the Soviet Union.
For the Canadian men, the runway begins in 2026 with a home World Cup co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States in an expanded 48-team tournament.
The Moroccans, who have secured top spot in Group F and a spot in the Round of 16, flooded the field as the final whistle blew.
Croatia also advanced after drawing 0-0 with Belgium in another Group F match. The match kicked off at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan at the same time he was 25 kilometers northwest.
For the first time in the tournament, loud and proud Canadian fans ran into the match with Moroccan supporters.
The fans of both countries raised the volume from the beginning and got excited. Attendance was announced at 43,102.
Morocco started with a 16-pass sequence from kick-off and made it past Canada’s penalty box. After that, the situation in Canada deteriorated.
After scoring 68 seconds last time against Croatia, it was Canada who got off to a dismal start after defender Stephen Vitoria missed a backpass attempt in the 4th minute.
Borjan came out of the penalty box with En Nesiri steaming at him. But instead of carrying the ball to safety, Boljan seemed to split his head in two between passing or clearing. Instead, the ball spouted straight forward towards Ziek, who looped it into the goal from a distance as Borjan desperately tried to get back to the goal line.
As FIFA president Gianni Infantino smiled bewildered from the box, Boljan turned away in disgust with his hands on his hips.
“I think the first goal rattled us off,” said Hardman. “It’s a tough moment to take so early on. You feel the intensity of the environment. They came out with their blood boiling. You really felt their intensity.”
En Nesiri doubled the lead in the 23rd minute after a long ball from Paris Saint-Germain star full-back Achraf Hakimi split the Canadian defense. The Sevilla forwards Vitoria and Kamal overtook his mirror, controlled the ball with his left foot, and his shot low from the right knocked a diving Borjan into the armpit.
“We fought for a period of time,” Hardman said. “I think it was on the ropes for the first 20 minutes or so, but we came back and adapted. I think we showed resilience to get through that difficult moment. but it didn’t break. We pierced through.”
Sam Adekbeh threw a lifeline to Canada in the 40th minute, smashing a defender on the left and putting the ball into goal, deflecting Ageld’s outstretched leg past Bonneux.
After a 0-0 draw with Croatia, Morocco went into Thursday’s game knowing they could advance with a win or a draw, beating Belgium 2-0.
Hardman made four changes to the starting eleven, adding Adekgbe, Marc Anthony Kay, Jonathan Osorio and Junior Hoilet in the process, along with Hutchinson, Steven Eustacchio, Richie Laria and Jonathan David. rice field.
Eustakio (hamstring) was an injury concern before the game. Boljan captained Canada in Hutchinson’s absence.
Hardman brought in Hutchinson, David and Ismael Kone in the 60th minute to spark a comeback. Laryea followed five minutes after him, with David Wotherspoon entering the game in his 76th.
Morocco attempted 7 goals against Canada’s 5 corners, had 2 shots on target and scored on both.
Morocco improved to an all-time World Cup record of 4-9-6 to advance to the second knockout round.