Rabat- Following Belgium’s victory over Japan, joyful Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi said in a video online that his team qualified thanks to two “Khorotos” in the team, referring to Moroccans in Belgian slang.
In the dying minutes of the match between Japan and Belgium on Monday, Moroccan-Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored Belgium’s second goal past Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, tying the score 2-2.
In the last seconds of the game, Moroccan-Belgian winger Nacer Chadli scored Belgium’s third goal, winning the game for his team and qualifying Belgium for the World Cup’s quarterfinals.
“Today, Belgium was qualified thanks to two Khorotos [Moroccans]…thank you for today guys, for this victory!” Batshuayi beamed in the video, adding the caption “Who said Morocco was eliminated hahaha.”
To qualify for the semifinals, Belgium will have to beat Brazil in the quarterfinals, Friday, July 6, at the Kazan Arena. The winner of that game will take on either France or Uruguay in the semifinals.
Portugal’s 1-0 win against Morocco, albeit a performance deemed excellent by many, eliminated the team from the World Cup since it had already failed to score in its opening match against Iran.
However, playing to save their pride, the Atlas Lions scored 2-2 against Spain in their final game after they gave a hard time to the European giant.