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Canada bowed out of World Cup Qatar 2022 with a 2-1 loss to Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium Thursday night. 

Hakim Ziyech capitalized on an early Milan Borjan mistake to open the scoring for Morocco in the fourth minute. And Youssef En-Nesyri doubled the lead 15 minutes later. Nayef Aguerd directed a Sam Adekugbe cross into his own net towards the end of the first half.

But that’s a close as Canada would get, despite a strong second half effort to find an equalizer.

It was the Canadians third straight defeat, having earlier been beaten by Belgium and Croatia. The loss leaves Canada’s men still searching for their first-ever points at a World Cup.

The win means Morocco advances to the knockout stage having finished the first round atop Group F. Croatia progressed from the same group with a 0-0 draw Thursday with Belgium, who is also eliminated.

Morocco fans at the game vs Canada at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada fans at the game vs Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada vs Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Morocco fans at the game vs Canada at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Morocco fans at the game vs Canada at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Morocco scores a second against Canada at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Kamal Miller, left, and Milan Borjan react to  Morocco’s second goal of the game at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada fans at the game vs Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Canada and Morocco at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Morocco celebrates reaching the second round at World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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