Belgium vs Morocco live: World Cup score, highlights, result from 2022 Group F match
Belgium might not exactly have impressed in their opening World Cup 2022 match, but that 1-0 win over Canada has put them in a strong position in Group F.
Roberto Martinez's side face Morocco on Sunday knowing that a victory could secure their place in the knockout phase should Croatia defeat John Herdman's men later that day.
The Red Devils are also chasing a piece of World Cup history, as they could become the first team ever to win nine consecutive group-stage matches.
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18 mins: Mounier drills a low shot straight at Bounou as Belgium tighten their grip.
15 mins: Our first real sighting of De Bruyne sees a cute free kick set the Man City up for a shot that is deflected off for another corner. Morocco hold firm again.
13 mins: Morocco repel that attack but are winning in the stands - there's lots of whistling when Belgium are on the ball.
12 mins: Belgium are in control and have had a couple of corners, and now another as Saiss opts to nod behind.
7 mins: This match is already a notch or 10 up on Japan-Costa Rica - quicker, slicker and entertaining.
4 mins: Slick stuff from Belgium, Thorgan Hazard finds Batshuayi and Bounou has to close him down to concede a corner.
1 min: Ziyech goes on a darting run but loses control at the last second, but afterwards Vertonghen and Meunier have a heated discussion involving lots of arm-waving.
Kickoff: And we are off!
5 mins to kickoff: The teams are out and we have had thee anthems. The stadium is in shade but it will, of course, still be brutally hot in there.
10 mins to kickoff: Belgium did not overly impress against Canada, but a win today and they are through. Morocco's goalless draw with Croatia gives them some hope.
25 mins to kickoff: Right, how far into this live blog can I get until I refer to Belgium as dark horses?
Agh! But they usually are. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for them, based on the excellent Belgium sides of the 80s - van der Elst, Ceulemans, Scifo etc. They were close to beating England in 1990.
35 mins from kickoff: Can the Red Devils edge closer to the last 16 or will Morocco push for a first knockout spot since 1986.....KO is just over 30 mins away!
1 hr from kickoff: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!!
Three starting changes for Belgium as Thomas Meunier, Thorgan Hazard and Amadaou Onana start in place of Leander Dendoncker, Yannick Carrasco and Youri Tielemans.
Morocco are unchanged from their 0-0 draw with Croatia.
1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: Will there be another slightly awkward award for KDB at full time in Al Thumama?
2 hrs from kickoff: The stage is set in Al Thumama with KO two hours away in Group F
"To be fair, I think we had a better chance to win four years ago", he said.
"The team was better in 2018, but still we have the quality to win games and competitions. We have a few guys who are a bit older.
"We have the best goalkeeper in the world (Courtois), one of the best midfielders in the world (De Bruyne) and we have good strikers. We are a complete team."
3 hrs 15 mins from kickoff: Roberto Martinez confirms Romelu Lukaku will miss out against Morocco
Martinez has offered a key update on Romelu Lukau's fitness after the Inter loanee missed the Canada win due to an ongoing thigh issue.
Lukaku returned to training on Friday but Martinez confirmed he is not match ready.
"Medically Romelu was only going to be available for the third group game, but he's ahead of where he should be, and the signs are very good", he said.
"I don't expect him to be involved against Morocco unless something very good significant changes over the weekend."
3 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Despite the positivity of an opening win over Canada, Belgium talisman Kevin De Bruyne is not confident over their chances of glory in Qatar.
5 hrs from kickoff: Not many were especially impressed with Belgium's World Cup 2022 opener, but the players themselves look to be in good spirits. And why wouldn't they be? Victory over Morocco could send them into the knockout phase, and it would definitely make them the first team in the competition's history to win nine group-stage games in a row.
Thomas Meunier returns to the starting lineup against Morocco in place of Leander Dendoncker in defence.Yannick Carrasco was run ragged at wing-back for 45 minutes against Canada, he is replaced by Thorgan Hazard, with a Premier League swap in Amadou Onana for Youri Tielemans.
Morocco came out of their goalless draw with Croatia bruised. Noussair Mazraoui had to leave the field on a stretcher, but he has been passed fit for this match and Morocco are unchanged.
Belgium, ranked second in the world, were the pre-tournament Group F favorites and they can lock up one of the two available berths in the Round of 16 by defeating Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium.
But the Atlas Lions will believe they can claim a major scalp based on how poor Belgium looked despite winning their opener against Canada. Even a draw here would probably suit Morocco just fine heading into their final group game against the Canadians.
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