The African outfit secured a spot in the upcoming global event in Qatar, courtesy of overcoming Democratic Republic of Congo in a Two legged tie in the third round of qualification.
World Cup bound side Morocco will take on Chile in an international friendly in Spain on Friday night. The African outfit secured a spot in the upcoming global event in Qatar, courtesy of overcoming Democratic Republic of Congo in a Two legged tie in the third round of qualification. Chile, meanwhile, missed out on the World Cup courtesy of finishing sixth in the South American qualification group, only the top four teams earned a direct qualification to the World Cup, while the fifth-placed side went through the inter-continental playoff tie. Morocco are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Liberia in a 2023 AFCON Qualifiers in June, while Chile suffered a narrow defeat to Ghana on penalties in a Kim Cup tie in the same month.
يواجه المنتخب الوطني منتخب الشيلي وديا إستعدادا لكأس العالم قطر 2022
— Équipe du Maroc (@EnMaroc) September 23, 2022
Morocco firstly cruised through their second round of qualifying group with six wins from as many games, booking a two-legged tie with Congo in March. The first leg against Congo ended in a 1-1 draw, while the Atlas Lions secured a thumping 4-1 victory in the return leg to get through with a 5-2 aggregate win. Azzedine Ounahi scored a brace, while Tarik Tissoudali and Achraf Hakimi netted one goal each for Morocco in the second leg. After securing the World Cup qualification, the Atlas Lions kicked off their AFCON qualifiers with back-to-back wins against South Africa (2-1) and Liberia (2-0).
Chile, on the other hand, don’t have the World Cup to look forward to. Therefore, La Roja would be looking to build their squad for the future. After losing the final two qualification games against Brazil and Uruguay, La Roja traveled to Asia for friendlies losing to South Korea, Tunisia and Ghana. The South America outfit haven’t found the back of the net in their last three games and their last victory was in February. Eduardo Berizzo’s side would be desperate to build some confidence in this round of friendlies with a pair of positive results.
Morocco boss Walid Regragui is likely to opt for a strong starting eleven. Defender Romain Saiss is expected to captain the side with PSG-man Hachraf Hakimi maintaining his place in the starting eleven. En-Nesyri could spearhead the attack with Ziyech, Chair and Boufal in support. As for Chile, veterans Gary Medel, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez have been called up. Brereton Diaz could lead the line alongside Sanchez and Meneses.
Morocco probable starting lineup: Bounou, Hakimi, Saiss, Mmaee, Allah, Amrabat, Belhanda, Ziyech, Chair, Boufal, En-Nesyri
Chile probable starting lineup: Cortes, Mehssatou, Medel, Marzipan, Suazo, Vidal, Aranguiz, Pulgar, Sanchez, Brereton Diaz, Meneses.
The international friendly match between Morocco and Chile will take place at Cornelly El-Pratt on Saturday at 12:30 am IST.
For the football fans in Morocco, live telecast of the match will be available on Arryadia. Meanwhile, those in Chile can catch the live action via Estadio TNT Sports, TNT Sports Go, Chilevision, TNT Sports HD and TNT Sports 2.