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World Cup 2022: Morocco, Croatia advance; No. 2 Belgium eliminated

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Manager Walid Regragui helped carry Morocco to a 2-1 win over Canada at the 2022 World Cup on Thursday in Doha. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA-EFE
Manager Walid Regragui helped carry Morocco to a 2-1 win over Canada at the 2022 World Cup on Thursday in Doha. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA-EFE

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Morocco beat Canada 2-1 on Thursday in Qatar to win Group F, while Croatia drew with Belgium to claim the runner-up entry for the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup.

Hazim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri scored for Morocco for the win at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. Morocco held a 2-0 lead before defender Nayef Aguerd scored in the Morocco net for an own goal in the 40th minute.

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Morocco, ranked No. 22 in the world, logged two wins and a draw in three group stage matches. The Moroccans will face the runner-up from Group E at 10 a.m. EST Tuesday at Education City Stadium in Ar Rayyan. No. 41 Canada lost all three of its group stage matches.

No. 12 Croatia drew 0-0 with No. 2 Belgium on Thursday at Ar Rayyan. Belgium, one of the World Cup favorites, outshot Croatia 16 to 11 and held a 52% to 48% edge in possession.

Croatia will face the winner of Group E at 10 a.m. Monday in Wakrah.

No. 7 Spain leads Group E over second-place Japan (No. 24). Third-place Costa Rica (No. 31) and last-place Germany (No. 11) round out the group. Japan will face Spain at 2 p.m. Thursday in Al Rayyan.

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Germany will battle Costa Rica at 2 p.m. Thursday in Al Khor.

The World Cup quarterfinals will be Dec. 9 and 10. The World Cup final will be Dec. 18 in Lusail.

Fans cheer on World Cup contenders in Qatar

A Morocco fan supports his team while wearing a costume during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final match between Morocco and France at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on December 14, 2022. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI | License Photo

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