Belgium go head to head with Morocco in their second group match on Sunday at lunchtime.
“Canada were better than us,” Roberto Martinez candidly admitted, after watching Belgium’s 1-0 win over a spirited Canucks. In Morocco, the Red Devils are preparing to take on yet another well-drilled outfit itching to cause upset.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic described the North African team as “extremely prepared and brave” in the wake of a tough 0-0 defeat. Walid Regragui impressed with the fact that his team “played like a European team” and had the continent’s highest ranking in the crossfire this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know about an interesting match.
Results of the match between Belgium and Morocco in the second minute (all times)
Current format (last five matches)
Belgium team news
Romelu Lukaku He watched Belgium’s opening game from the stands – although the great pain on his face was probably more a reflection of events on the pitch rather than the muscle injury that sidelined him.
The Inter forward has returned to individual training and could be fit for the final group game against Croatia, according to his coach. However, Martinez added: “If you look at how the player feels, there’s probably a chance of getting him back for the second game.” [against Morocco]. “
With his sights set on a deep run in this contest, Martinez may not risk the nation’s record scorer before he’s fully fit.
Belgium Starting 11 (3-4-2-1): Courtois. Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Meunier, Wetsel, Telemans, Kasten; De Bruyne, E Hazard; Batshuayi.
seat: Mignolet, Castells, Teat, Weiss, Debast, T Hazard, Onana, Fanaken, Carrasco, Mertens, Trossard, De Cutlery, Upanda, Doku, Lukaku.
Morocco national team news
Nosair Mazraoui was deported for an hour inside Morocco stalemate with Croatia after landing hard on his hip. While he is unlikely to recover by Sunday, initial reports indicate the damage is not as severe as initially feared.
Morocco, starting from 11 (4-3-3): Bono. Hakimi, Ajourd, Saïss, God; Unahi, Imbat, Mother of God; Ziyech, Nusayri, Boufel.
seat: Mounir, Technaouti, Al-Yamq, Dhari, Bennoun, Gibran, Sabri, Chief, Al-Khanous, Al-Za’rouri, Abdu, Abu Khalil, Hamdallah, Shadira.
Belgium won the quarter-finals world Cup Group stage matches, equaling Brazil’s record. Indeed, the Red Devils have not been beaten before the last 16 since losing to Saudi Arabia in 1994.
He may be the second in the world strive to victory but Martinez was keen to point out a classic piece of football wisdom after the match. “When a team can win a game without playing well, it takes a lot to build on.”
This logic may not hold up during a league season, but championship football points outperform performance. It remains to be seen if Belgium can improve on their shaky performance against Canada, but they could pull off another victory regardless.
Expectations: Belgium 2-1 Morocco