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FIFA World Cup 2022, Canada vs. Morocco | Aguerd gave Canada hope as halftime ended at 1-2

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Canada v Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 1, 2022 Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco scores a goal that was eventually disallowed REUTERS/Carl Recine | Image Credit: Reuters

Morocco have recalled goalkeeper Yassine Bounou to their squad for their final Group F game against Canada at the Al Thumama Stadium on Thursday after his mysterious absence in their last outing against Belgium.

He lined up for the match but appeared ill during the anthems and was pulled from the starting XI before kick off, replaced by Munir El Kajoui.

The team doctor said afterwards that he was ill but Morocco coach Walid Regragui said Bounou had suffered an injury in the warm-up.

Morocco made another change as Abdelhamid Sabiri, whose free kick set up their shock 2-0 win over Belgium, replaced Selim Amallah in an attacking switch made by the coach.

Eliminated Canada, who will co-host the next World Cup, made four changes to their team after losing 4-1 to Croatia in their previous fixture.

Sam Adekugbe, Junior Hoilett, and Jonathan Osorio all start, with midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, who will run out first in the tournament in Qatar.

Canada (3-4-3):

Milan Borjan; Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria; Sam Adekugbe, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Jonathan Osorio, Junior Hoilett; Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Tajon Buchanan

coaches: John Herdman

Morocco (4-4-2):

Yassine Bounou; Achraf Hakimi, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (capt), Noussair Mazraoui; Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi, Abdelhamid Sabiri; Youssef En-Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal, Hakim Ziyech,

coaches: Walid Regragui (MAR)

Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)

(With input from agencies)

Chandan Kumar

Author & Content Researcher for Entertainment & World Desk, reports on world cinema, web series and lifestyle. Like to explore trends in the film industry and build conversations about them. Also focused on discovering regional cinema and good storytelling above all! Official E-mail :- chandan.kumar06@brnews.co.in

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