Belgium v Morocco LIVE commentary: Kevin De Bruyne and co seek back-to-back World Cup wins as Morocco attempt to build on opening draw

Belgium just about scraped past Canada in their opening clash in Group F at the World Cup and will have to be much better against Morocco.

Roberto Martinez’s men had Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi to thank for their 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs but their performance was disjointed.

Kevin De Bruyne was awarded Man of the Match but was left baffled by the decision after a poor display

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Kevin De Bruyne was awarded Man of the Match but was left baffled by the decision after a poor display

But we all know the quality Belgium possess and you would expect the European side to be much better in this clash.

However, their opponents were solid in the 0-0 draw with Croatia and will hope the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal can trouble the Belgian defence.

The Atlas Lions are competing in their sixth World Cup but they have only progressed past the group stage once, so will look to change that this time.

Belgium v Morocco: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group F clash will get underway at 1pm on Sunday, November 27.

The game will take place at the Al Thumama Stadium in Al Thumama.

The action will be live on talkSPORT with Dan Windle hosting, while Ian Danter and former England international Lianne Sanderson will provide commentary.

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Hakim Ziyech is back in the international fold and could cause problems for Belgium

Hakim Ziyech is back in the international fold and could cause problems for Belgium


Belgium v Morocco: Squads and team news

Romelu Lukaku wasn’t fit enough to be in the squad for the Canada game, so it remains to be seen if he recovers.

Andre Onana was brought on at half time for Youri Tielemans and will hope to get the nod over the Leicester City star, while Leandro Trossard will also push for a start.

Noussair Mazraoui was stretchered off with a hip injury but there is hope he could be involved on Sunday.

Belgium

  • Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet
  • Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Zeno Debast, Lenader Dendoncker, Wout Faes, Arthur Theate, Jan Vertonghen
  • Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne, Amadou Onana, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Timothy Castagne, Thorgan Hazard, Thomas Meunier
  • Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Charles De Ketelaere, Jeremy Doku, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Lois Openda, Leandro Trossard

Morocco

  • Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou, Munir Mohamedi, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti
  • Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Roman Saiss, Nayef Aguerd, Badr Benoun, Jawad El Yamiq, Achraf Dari, Yahia Attiyat Allah
  • Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Amine Harit, Azzedine Ounahi, Ilias Chair, Selim Amallah, Yahya Jabrane, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Bilal El Khannous
  • Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Abderrazak Hamdallah, Abde Ezzalzouli, Sofiane Boufal, Zakaria Aboukhlal, Walid Cheddira

Belgium v Morocco: Match facts

  • This is the second meeting between Belgium and Morocco at the FIFA World Cup, with Belgium winning 1-0 in the other in the 1994 edition.
  • Morocco won their last meeting with Belgium in all competitions, winning 4-1 in a friendly back in March 2008. They had lost their two games against the Belgians before this.
  • Belgium have never lost a FIFA World Cup match against an African nation before (W3 D1), with all of these meetings coming in the group stage of the competition. Their most recent such match was a 5-2 win over Tunisia in 2018.
  • This is Belgium’s 50th match at the FIFA World Cup finals, the 12th different nation to reach the milestone. Just two of the previous 11 have lost their 50th game (W8 D1) – England in 2002 (vs Brazil) and Spain in 2010 (vs Switzerland), though the latter went on to win the tournament that year.
  • Belgium have won each of their last eight group stage games at the World Cup. A win here would see them become the first nation ever to win nine consecutive group games at the tournament (including second and final group rounds).
  • Morocco have failed to score in 53% of their World Cup matches (9/17) – coming into the second round of games, it’s the joint-highest percentage of any nation to have played more than 10 games in the competition.
  • Belgium have won 11 of their last 13 World Cup games across the last three editions of the tournament (2014, 2018, 2022). Seven of these wins have come under Roberto Martínez, the most victories any manager has overseen at the World Cup with the Red Devils, ahead of Guy Thys’ six.
  • Morocco have won just two of their 17 World Cup matches (D6 L9), with each of their last two games finishing level. They’ve lost their second group stage match in four of their five previous appearances at the competition, with the exception being a goalless draw with England in 1986 in the only edition they progressed to the knockout rounds.
  • Kevin De Bruyne created four chances for Belgium against Canada last time out, more than any of his teammates. In fact, since Opta have this data available (from 1966), De Bruyne has created more chances than any other Belgium player at the World Cup (43).
  • Against Canada on MD1, Michy Batshuayi scored the game’s only goal, while he attempted five of Belgium’s nine shots. Indeed, those five shots accounted for 100% of Belgium’s total before he was substituted off in the 78th minute.

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