World Cup fans and even the BBC were stunned when Morocco’s goalkeeper appeared to be substituted before kick-off – despite being in line for the national anthem.
Morocco called up Yassine Bounou in the starting XI against Belgium this afternoon.
The No 1 walked out of the tunnel with his teammates and lined up while the North Africa international belted out their song.
He is then filmed shaking hands with the Belgian players as usual.
But then Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui can be seen in the official team photo before the game.
There was a brief delay as the Moroccan team got in line while Belgium captain Eden Hazard waited for the coin toss.
And the substitute, who wears number 12 at the World Cup, took his place between the sticks just in time for kick-off – without a trace of Bounou.
However, even the BBC commentators pointed to the usual first-choice stopper when Munir actually saved in the first half.
And it didn’t take long for fans to notice the discrepancy, as “Bono” was trending on social media.
There’s a hint that Bounou wasn’t feeling well, which explains the confusion and last-minute move.
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