Canada vs Morocco: World Cup Group F Preview, Round 3, 2022
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Morocco will hope to progress to the last 16 of the Qatar World Cup when they take on already eliminated Canada in their final Group F match.

The task for The Atlas Lions is simple, win or draw and they qualify regardless of what happens elsewhere in the group.

However, should they lose, they will rely on the result in the Croatia-Belgium game going their way to take them through.

If they are to make it through, it will be the first time the country have made the knockouts since 1986 when they eventually lost to West Germany.

As for Canada, their first World Cup since 1986 has not exactly gone to plan with them being the second side to crash out at the group stage after hosts Qatar.

But with them still yet to record a win at either tournament, they will be aiming to do so on Thursday and in turn crash the Moroccan party.

  • Team news


Boss John Herdman has a dilemma to face when it comes to his team selection for this one.

He could either give some of the fringe players a chance to impress on the world stage, or he may opt for a full-strength team in the hope of winning their first game in the tournament.

Stephen Eustaquio is a doubt for this one after being substituted at half-time of their defeat to Croatia with a reported hamstring injury.

Veteran midfielder Atiba Hutchinson may struggle to play his third game of the week and could drop to the bench for CF Montreal midfielder Ismael Kone.

Cyle Larin was hooked at the midway point of their last game so is likely to miss out from the start this time.

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Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was a late omission from the starting lineup against Belgium after taking part in the national anthem, but disappearing as the teams lined up to kick-off.

Walid Regragui chose Munir Mohamedi to replace him minutes before the start of the game and the Al-Wehda man did not let him down, keeping a clean sheet against the Belgians.

The manager could opt for Munir again after his impressive performance.

Noussair Mazroui's late fitness test was cause for concern for Regragui as he was deemed fit enough to start on the morning of the Belgium match.

The Bayern Munich defender should be available for their final group game after completing 90 minutes last time.

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  • Likely lineups


(4-4-2) Borjan, Laryea, Miller, Vitoria, Johnston, Buchanan, Kone, Kaye, Davies, David, Hoilett


(4-3-3) Munir, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui, Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

  • Key players

Tajon Buchanan - Canada

Focus is likely to be directed over to Alphonso Davies when teams take on Canada.

However, it was Buchanan on the opposite wing who put in a dazzling performance against Croatia.

The Club Brugge winger assisted Davies' goal and was a constant threat in the right channel.

His ability to play at right-back also aids his team in defensive situations and Buchanan will need to do both roles well when they take on Morocco.

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Naif Aguerd - Morocco

West Ham United fans have seen very little of their new man since he joined from Rennes in the summer, having only made one league appearance since signing.

However, Hammers supporters got a good glimpse of what the centre-back is capable off when he put in a vintage performance against the Belgians.

He looked very calm when dealing with the direct threats of the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

And Aguerd will need to be at his best again when he faces the buoyant threat of the Canadian attack.

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  • Match details

Where is the game being played?

The game will be played at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is set for 3pm (GMT UK) on Thursday, December 1.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on BBC Two, with audio commentary available on both BBC 5Live and talkSPORT.