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Belgium vs Morocco World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group F match at Qatar 2022

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Belgium scraped to victory against Canada in their World Cup opener, but they will need a much-improved performance against Morocco if they are to wrap up Group F.

Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez was critical of his team’s performance in the opening game, as Canada took control of the first half and Belgium struggled to flow. 

Morocco, meanwhile, will go in search of their first goal at the 2022 World Cup after a 0-0 draw against Croatia that was low on entertainment. The likes of Hakim Ziyech will be looking to expose Belgium’s ageing backline to earn it. 

Below are the projected lineups for both teams based on the latest news leading up to the match.

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Belgium vs Morocco lineups

The fitness of Romelu Lukaku is the primary concern for Belgium, but Martinez is encouraged by the Inter Milan powerhouse’s progress. 

The Red Devils coach revealed Lukaku had returned to group training ahead of the match, and that “the signs are good.” 

“I don’t expect him to be involved [against Morocco], unless something goes extremely well. He would not be 100 per cent,” Martinez added. 

Michy Batshuayi is the primary candidate to start in attack again, after scoring the winner against Canada. However, the former Chelsea star’s overall performance will have left fans back home concerned. 

Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match Al Thumama Stadium on November 27.

Belgium projected starting 11

(3-4-3, right to left): 1. Courtois (GK) — 2. Alderweireld, 5. Vertonghen, 16. Dendoncker — 21. Castagne, 8. Tielemans, 6. Witsel, 15. Meunier — 7. De Bruyne, 23. Batshuayi, 10. E. Hazard

  • Injured: Lukaku
  • Suspended:

Thomas Meunier could return to the starting lineup against Morocco. Yannick Carrasco was run ragged at wing-back for 45 minutes against Canada, and was replaced by the Borussia Dortmund star at half-time.

Meunier is recovering from a fractured cheekbone and will continue to wear a face mask.

Everton’s Amadou Onana impressed in his substitute appearance against Les Rouges, but Martinez will likely prefer to stick with Youri Tielemans

Morocco projected starting 11

(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bounou (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 5. Aguerd, 6. Saiss, 25. Attiyat Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah —  7. Ziyech, 19. En-Nesyri, 17. Boufal

  • Injured: Mazraoui
  • Suspended:

Morocco came out of their goalless draw with Croatia bruised. Noussair Mazraoui had to leave the field on a stretcher, and will be unavailable for this match. Yahia Attiyat Allah will likely replace him. 

However, coach Walid Regragui’s biggest headache is Achraf Hakimi, who picked up a thigh problem against Croatia.

The PSG speedster played all 90 minutes of the match, but is a doubt for the Belgium game. Regragui must decide whether to risk Hakimi in this crucial fixture.

Belgium vs Morocco World Cup squads

Here are the names on Belgium and Morocco’s World Cup squads in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

Belgium 

Position No.1 Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid (SPA) 30 97
GK 12 Simon Mignolet Club Brugge (BEL) 34 35
GK 13 Koen Casteels Wolfsburg (GER) 30 4
DEF 2 Toby Alderweireld Royal Antwerp (BEL) 33 124
DEF 3 Arthur Theate Stade Rennes (FRA) 22 4
DEF 4 Wout Faes Leicester City (ENG) 24 1
DEF 5 Jan Vertonghen Anderlecht (BEL) 35 142
DEF 26 Zeno Debast Anderlecht (BEL) 18 3
DEF 19 Leander Dendoncker Aston Villa (ENG) 27 29
MID 21 Timothy Castagne Leicester City (ENG) 26 26
MID 15 Thomas Meunier Borussia Dortmund (GER) 31 59
MID 7 Kevin De Bruyne Man City (ENG) 31 94
MID 20 Hans Vanaken Club Brugge (BEL) 30 23
MID 8 Youri Tielemans Leicester City (ENG) 25 55
MID 18 Amadou Onana Everton (ENG) 21 2
MID 6 Axel Witsel Atletico Madrid (SPA) 33 127
MID 16 Thorgan Hazard Borussia Dortmund (GER) 29 45
FWD 9 Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan (ITA) 29 102
FWD 23 Michy Batshuayi Fenerbahce (TUR) 29 48
FWD 14 Dries Mertens Galatasaray (TUR) 35 107
FWD 22 Charles de Ketelaere AC Milan (ITA) 21 10
FWD 11 Yannick Carrasco Atletico Madrid (SPA) 29 60
FWD 10 Eden Hazard Real Madrid (SPA) 31 123
FWD 17 Leandro Trossard Brighton (ENG) 27 21
FWD 24 Lois Openda Lens (FRA) 22 5
FWD 25 Jeremy Doku Stade Rennes (FRA) 20 11

Morocco

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Yassine Bono Sevilla (SPA) 31 45
Goalkeeper Munir Al Wehda (KSA) 33 43
Goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti Wydad (MOR) 26 3
Defender Achraf Hakimi PSG (FRA) 24 53
Defender Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich (GER) 24 14
Defender Romain Saiss Besiktas (TUR) 32 65
Defender Nayef Aguerd West Ham (ENG) 26 21
Defender Achraf Dari Brest (FRA) 23 4
Defender Jawad El-Yamiq Valladolid (SPA) 30 11
Defender Yahi Attain-Allal Wydad (MOR) 27 1
Defender Badr Benoun Qatar SC (QAT) 29 3
Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat Fiorentina (ITA) 26 38
Midfielder Selim Ramallah Standard Liege (BEL) 25 23
Midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri Sampdoria (ITA) 25 2
Midfielder Azzedine Ounahi Angers (FRA) 22 9
Midfielder Bilel El Khanouss Genk (BEL) 18 0
Midfielder Yahya Jabrane Wydad (MOR) 31 4
Forward Hakim Ziyech Chelsea (ENG) 24 42
Forward Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla (SPA) 25 49
Forward Sofiane Boufal Angers (FRA) 29 31
Forward Zaharia Aboukhlal Toulouse (FRA) 22 12
Forward EZ Abde Osasuna (SPA) 20 1
Forward Anass Zaroury Burnley (ENG) 22 0
Forward Ilias Chair QPR (ENG) 25 10
Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah Al Ittihad (KSA) 31 17
Forward Walid Cheddira Bari (ITA) 24 2


Credit: sportingnews.com

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