Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi shine as Canada struggles to overcome the Milan Borjan howl

Canada’s whirlwind time at the World Cup is officially over after a 2-1 loss to Morocco.

The Atlas Lions topped the group thanks to a draw between Belgium and Croatia – who move up to second in Group F.

Canada were on the back foot early on after goalkeeper Milan Borjan’s serious mistake gave Hakim Ziyech a gift. They rallied after falling 2-0 behind but were unable to complete the comeback.

Here, Sportsmail’s Patrick Djordjevic assesses the players who starred and stuttered for both sides.

Yousef El-Nesyri sent the Moroccan fans into raptures after scoring his nation’s second goal

Canada

Milan Borjan – 1

Produced his very own Loris Karius moment with a ferocious touch that turned out to be a pass straight to Ziyech who duly accepted the gift.

Partly to blame for the second goal too, it just wasn’t a great day for Borjan.

Alistair Johnston – 4

Couldn’t exude much of the excitement he showed during the opener against Belgium.

Steven Victoria – 4

Struggled to handle En-Nesyri for his goal. As the elder statesman of the rear guard, failed to get the defense sufficiently organized to deal with the lie of Morocco’s attackers.

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan made a mistake for the ages to give the Moroccans an early lead

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan made a mistake for the ages to give the Moroccans an early lead

Kamal Miller – 3

Knocked all ends up by En-Nesyri for the second goal. Looked totally at sea at that moment and couldn’t help but flatter all the way.

Sam Adekugbe – 5

Had difficulty dealing with the trickery and movement of the Moroccan front line, but showed great courage to continually bomb forward.

His low cross caused Aguerd to throw out a leg, resulting in the Canada goal. Lucky not to be penalized after the free kick he gave away resulted in an offside goal.

Alphonso Davies – 5

Looked frustrated as he mostly played through the middle of the park but honestly wasn’t able to impose himself to the same degree as against Belgium.

Fought hard, but to no avail. The lack of similar talent around him was the biggest roadblock.

Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies struggled to get enough help to propel Canada forward

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies struggled to get enough help to propel Canada forward

Jonathan Osorio – 4

Gives very little through the middle of the park for the Canadian side in what was a poor display. Canceled in the 65th minute.

Mark-Anthony Kaye – 4

As invisible as his midfield partner Osario. Gave little security when the game was at its hottest in the first half.

Tajon Buchanan – 4

His electricity was a bright spot for Canada earlier in the tournament, but he couldn’t find the space or creativity to trouble the Moroccans.

Came close to getting a meaningful touch on a Larin cross, but close wasn’t good enough.

Reading and former QPR winger Junior Hoilett battled hard on the flank for The Maple Leafs

Reading and former QPR winger Junior Hoilett battled hard on the flank for The Maple Leafs

Cyle Larin – 4

Offered something down the right in a powerful run and cross for Buchanan but had little impact otherwise. Should perhaps be frustrated that he didn’t get a bigger chance throughout the World Cup.

Junior Hoilett – 5th

Tried to offer an outlet for the Canadians but failed to deliver anything truly meaningful.

Atiba Hutchinson (60′) – 7

Came close to scoring, and was unlucky not to when the strike hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.

Ismael Kone (60′) – 5

A fine moment for the 20-year-old to enter the Al Thumama Stadium pitch. He contributed to the Canadian pressure late.

Jonathan David (L) failed to show his promising form for French club Lille during the World Cup

Jonathan David (L) failed to show his promising form for French club Lille during the World Cup

Jonathan David (60′) – 4

Finished an underwhelming tournament with another under-par showing. One can expect this to spur him on to a far better 2026 campaign.

Richie Laryea (65′) – 5

Showed some fight, as did most of his colleagues in the second half, but failed to make a big mark.

David Wotherspoon (76′)

About as ineffective as it gets. Encapsulated the rough night for many of his teammates.

Canadian captain, Atiba Hutchinson (R) greeted the fans in what was his final World Cup outing

Canadian captain, Atiba Hutchinson (R) greeted the fans in what was his final World Cup outing

Morocco

Yassine Bounou – 5

Couldn’t keep out the Aguerd deflection, difficult to shoulder it, but he didn’t help ease the pressure with a slow reaction to a return pass that put the Atlas Lions under pressure.

Achraf Hakimi – 7

Showed exactly what he is capable of with one of the assists in the tournament for En-Nesyri.

Nayef Aguerd – 6

Fault for the only blemish against the Moroccan scorecard in this group. Other than that, he did well to keep his form as Canada continued to press in the second half.

Center back Nayef Aguerd looks on as his deflected tackle sends the ball into his own net

Center back Nayef Aguerd looks on as his deflected tackle sends the ball into his own net

Roman Saiss – 7

Did well handling most of the Canadian advances. Showed an assurance that earned him praise during his time in England with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Noussair Mazraoui – 6

Bayern’s left-back tackled pretty much everything that came down the right, but had less impact on the offensive side than usual.

Azzedine Ounahi – 7

Very lively when you are on the ball. Has an absolute magic wand of a right boot which he used to full effect with various crossfield passes.

Had some drives that caused some nervous moments for the Canadians.

Former Wolverhampton defender Roman Saiss could hardly contain himself after the victory

Former Wolverhampton defender Roman Saiss could hardly contain himself after the victory

Sofyan Amrabat – 9

Continued his strong performance in the tournament, acting as a real anchor in the Moroccan midfield.

Always the channel between defense and attack. One to watch for on Sunday.

Abdelhamid Sabiri – 5

Sabiri did what he had to do without being amazing. Canceled in the 65th minute.

Hakim Ziyech – 8

Gifted the opening goal but did well to keep his composure. Fantastic touch in the minutes after the opener showed exactly what the best of Ziyech can look like.

Ziyech could be anything in these next stages.

Hakim Ziyech celebrated his amazing performance for the Atlas Lions in a Moroccan hat

Hakim Ziyech celebrated his amazing performance for the Atlas Lions in a Moroccan hat

Youssef En-Nesyri – 8

Absolutely brilliant goal by the big man who had previously failed to fire a shot, literally, in the tournament.

Showed his quality with a beautiful volley, which unfortunately for him and football purists was ruled out for offside. Had little else to do when the game changed. Did more than enough before.

Sofiane Boufal – 7

Illustrated why there is often such a buzz when he gets on the ball for Southampton in the Premier League.

Will be an even bigger threat in the knock-out phase.

Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal gave Moroccan fans reason to be excited on Thursday

Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal gave Moroccan fans reason to be excited on Thursday

Zakaria Aboukhlal (65′) – 4

Was on the periphery the whole time he moved around the pitch.

Selim Amallah (65′) – 5

Managed to do enough to stifle Canada, but ultimately failed to blink.

Abderrazak Hamdallah (76′) – 5

Didn’t produce much as The Maple Leafs continued to push for an equalizer.

Head coach of the Moroccan team, Walid Regragui, was thrown into the air with joy after the match

Head coach of the Moroccan team, Walid Regragui, was thrown into the air with joy after the match

Jawad El Yamiq (77′) – 5

The Real Valladolid centre-half came in to provide some defensive reassurance and he did.

Yahya Jabrane (85′) – N/A

Jabrane had no time to do anything other than provide a body behind the ball.

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