LIVE Commentary Belgium v ​​Morocco: Kevin De Bruyne and company are aiming for back-to-back World Cup wins as Morocco look to build on the opener’s draw

Belgium narrowly missed out on Canada in the opening game of Group F at the World Cup and need to do 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 incoherent.

Kevin De Bruyne was named man of the match but was stunned by the decision after a poor performance

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Kevin De Bruyne was named man of the match but was stunned by the decision after a poor performance

But we all know the quality of Belgium 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 hope the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal can trouble the Belgium defence.

The Atlas Lions are in their sixth World Championship but have only made it through the group stage once so they will be looking to change that this time.

Belgium vs Morocco: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group F clash begins on Sunday 27 November at 1pm.

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

The action will be streamed live on talkSPORT with Dan Windle as moderator, while commentary will be provided by Ian Danter and former England international Lianne Sanderson.

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Hakim Ziyech is back with the national team and could cause problems for Belgium

Hakim Ziyech is back with the national team and could cause problems for Belgium


Belgium v ​​Morocco: squad and squad news

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

Andre Onana came on for Youri Tielemans at half-time and is hoping to land the Leicester City star, while Leandro Trossard will also be pushing for a start.

Noussair Mazraoui has been ruled off with a hip injury but there is hope he could feature 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 match between Belgium and Morocco at a FIFA World Cup, with Belgium winning 1-0 in the second edition in 1994.
  • Morocco won their last meeting with Belgium in all competitions, winning 4-1 in a friendly in March 2008. Before that, they had lost their two games against the Belgians.
  • Belgium have never before lost a FIFA World Cup match against an African nation (W3 U1), with all of these encounters taking place in the group stage of the competition. Their last such game was a 5-2 win over Tunisia in 2018.
  • This is Belgium’s 50th match at the FIFA World Cup finals, the 12th nation to reach the milestone. Only two of the last 11 have lost their 50th game (S8 U1) – England 2002 (vs Brazil) and Spain 2010 (vs Switzerland), although the latter won the tournament that year.
  • Belgium have won each of their last eight group games at the World Cup. Victory here would make them the first nation ever to win nine consecutive group matches of the tournament (including the second and final group stage).
  • Morocco have not scored in 53% of their World Cup appearances (9/17) – in the second round of matches, it is the highest percentage of any nation to have played 10+ matches in the competition.
  • Belgium have won 11 of their last 13 World Cup matches in the last three editions of the tournament (2014, 2018, 2022). Seven of those victories have come under Roberto Martínez, the most victories by a coach at the World Cup with the Red Devils, ahead of Guy Thys’ six.
  • Morocco have won just two of their 17 World Cup games (D6 L9), with the last two games each ending in a draw. They have lost their second group stage game in four of their previous five appearances in the competition, save for a goalless draw against England in 1986 in the only edition in which they made it to the knockout stages.
  • Kevin De Bruyne created four chances for Belgium last time out against Canada, more than any of his team-mates. Since Opta has had this data (since 1966), De Bruyne has created more chances than any other Belgian player at the World Cup (43).
  • Against Canada on MD1, Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal of the game while attempting five of Belgium’s nine shots. In fact, those five shots accounted for 100% of Belgium’s total before he was substituted off in the 78th minute.

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