FIFA World Cup updates: Morocco shock Belgium, puts 2 past Courtois

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Doha: Abdelhamid Sabiri scored at 73' to give Morocco a 1-0 lead against Belgium. The first half ended 0-0. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez made three changes to his side for Sunday's World Cup game against Morocco, knowing victory would secure a last-16 place.

The Red Devils rode their luck in a 1-0 opening win over Canada and Martinez reacted by replacing Youri Tielemans in midfield with Everton's Amadou Onana.

Thomas Meunier takes the place of Leander Dendoncker at the back, with in-form Leicester defender Wout Faes again left out.

Thorgan Hazard gets his first start of the tournament at wing-back.

Morocco boss Walid Regragui named an unchanged XI after an impressive performance in their 0-0 draw with 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Canada take on Croatia in the day's other Group F match later.

Starting line-ups:

Belgium (3-4-3)

Thibaut Courtois; Thomas Meunier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Thorgan Hazard, Amadou Onana, Axel Witsel, Timothy Castagne; Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (capt), Michy Batshuayi

Coach: Roberto Martinez (ESP)

Morocco (4-3-3)

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

Coach: Walid Regragui (MAR)


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