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Key facts ahead of Morocco’s clash with Belgium



Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, State of Qatar

• Belgium have won their last eight World Cup group-stage matches, equalling the record of Brazil, who have achieved that feat on two occasions (1986-1994 and 2002-2010).

• This is Belgium’s 50th match in FIFA World Cup history.

• Belgium are unbeaten in their first two matches in each of their last six World Cup campaigns.

• This is Morocco’s 18th World Cup match and their 14th against European opposition.

• Morocco have won two and drawn six of their last 11 World Cup group-stage matches against European countries


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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