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Morocco starting XI vs Belgium: Ziyech and Hakimi start in second World Cup fixture

16:07 GMT+4 27/11/2022
Hakim Ziyech  Morocco.
The goalless draw against Croatia was a real morale boost for the Africans, who are in yet another crucial game

Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has named his starting XI to face Belgium in their second World Cup group game on Sunday.

With support from both Sofiane Boufal and Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri has been maintained as the lead striker.

The North Africans are also expected to enjoy huge fan support at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

This is how Regragui’s line-up for the Belgium game looks like:

  • Yassine Bounou Morocco.

    Yassine Bounou

    The experienced goalkeeper kept a clean sheet during their match against Croatia and is expected to do the same against Belgium.

  • Achraf Hakimi Morocco Croatia 2022-23

    Achraf Hakimi

    Hakimi is a key figure for the Moroccan side, which is looking for its first win in the tournament.

    With his trademark forward runs, he is expected to be a threat to Belgium when the Atlas Lions are attacking.

  • Romain Saiss Morocco.

    Romain Saiss

    Saiss did a superb job marking Luka Modric, and the vital block to deny Andrej Kramaric ensured Morocco did not concede.

    Much is expected of him in their second group game.

  • Nayef Aguerd Morocco.

    Nayef Aguerd

    Aguerd and Saiss stood strong despite Croatia’s relentless attacks and ensured they came out with a point and a clean sheet.

    Will their solidity stand firm against the test of the Belgian attacks?

  • Noussair Mazraoui Morocco.

    Noussair Mazraoui

    Has recovered from a setback sustained against Croatia to maintain his position in the starting XI.

  • Sofyan Amrabat Morocco.

    Sofyan Amrabat

    Amrabat carries a yellow card from their opening fixture, and this means he should be cautious enough to avoid more bookings.

  • Azzedine Ounahi Morocco.

    Azzedine Ounahi

    He was quite inconspicuous against Croatia, but the technical bench has maintained confidence in him.

  • Selim Amallah Morocco.

    Selim Amallah

    As he makes another start, Amallah and his fellow midfielders need to be on top of their game in order to outshine their creative Belgian rivals in that department.

  • Hakim Ziyech Morocco.

    Hakim Ziyech

    Ziyech is expected to be a threat to the Belgians from the right wing.

    To be more threatening, he should improve his technique and be precise in his set-piece delivery.

  • Sofiane Boufal Morocco.

    Sofiane Boufal

    Sparkled along the left wing against Croatia and was unlucky not to get at least a goal or an assist.

    One of the players that the Belgians need to keep a close eye on throughout the encounter.

  • Youssef En-Nesyri Morocco Croatia 2022-23

    Youssef En-Nesyri

    Although he was frustrated by the Croats and withdrawn late in the second half, Morocco’s technical bench keeps faith in the centre-forward.