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Morocco Does Not Lead the MENA Teams in World Cup Goals

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
6th November 2022
Morocco Does Not Lead the MENA Teams in World Cup Goals
Algeria broke Morocco's World Cup record (Getty)

The Claim

Morocco has scored the most World Cup goals among all MENA teams.

Emerging story

According to a claim circulating on social media, Morocco scored more goals than all other MENA teams at previous World Cup tournaments. 

Social media users consolidated the claim with Morocco's 3-0 victory over Scotland.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading.

Algeria scored four goals against South Korea in the 2014 World Cup, breaking Morocco's record.

Algeria Defeats South Korea 4-2

In June 2014, Algeria defeated South Korea 4–2 at the "Beira Rio" stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 World Cup.

Algeria became the first Arab and African team to score four goals in a World Cup match.

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Morocco’s Biggest World Cup Victory

Morocco's biggest World Cup victory was in 1998 when they defeated Scotland 3-0.

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Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Ivory Coast each scored three World Cup final goals before Algeria's 2014 win over South Korea.

Tunisia defeated Mexico 3–1 in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. This was the first Arab-African World Cup finals win.

Moreover, Morocco defeated Portugal in Mexico's 1986 World Cup.

In the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Algeria scored a hat-trick against Chile.

Nigeria scored a hat-trick against Bulgaria in the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. and three goals against Spain in the 1998 World Cup in France.

In the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, Senegal scored a hat-trick against Uruguay.

The Ivory Coast scored three against North Korea in the third and final round of 2010 in South Africa.

2022 FIFA World Cup 2022 

The allegation comes weeks before Qatar hosts the 2022 World Cup on November 20. 

This will be the first time the tournament is held in an Arab country.  

Qatar will open the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador. 

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