It’s a historic afternoon for the Atlas Lions. 36 years after topping their pool ahead of England and Portugal before being eliminated by Lothar Matthaus’s Federal Republic of Germany, Morocco qualified for the World Cup round of 16 in Qatar after defeating Canada (2). -1). Hakim Ziyech, who took advantage of a dangerous pass from the opposition keeper, and Youssef En-Nesyri, who was found deep by Achraf Hakimi’s excellent long pass, got the Cherifian Kingdom off to a good start before seeing Nayef Aguerd unfortunately deceive his own keeper. Give the Canucks a chance to get their first World Cup point. In the end, Walid Regraghi’s men managed to hold on until the final whistle to send 37 million Moroccans cheering.
Regragui asked “Changing the Moroccan mentality”
He asked into the microphone after the meeting bein SportsThe coach of the Atlas Lions emphasized the mentality of his fighting players from start to finish: “We suffered today. A lot of fatigue and injuries, but the state of mind… We wanted to go down in history. In the second half, there was pressure that helped us, but we held on. And we won the game. I don’t think any African team has done that to finish with 7 points. We are happy for the Moroccan people who need it. And for the players who deserve it. Before talking about the first place they won back-to-back after 90 minutes at the same time against Croatia and Belgium: “Finishing first with Belgium and Croatia is not for everyone. Some believed us, some did not. But we wanted to show that Africa is there. Because Africa is condemned a lot. We have good coaches and good players. Now we are in 8th grade. We haven’t done anything yet. We will savor the qualification and we want to go as far as God wills.
The Moroccan technician, who was elected last August, returned to the script of the meeting before explaining what he had done to remobilize the troops in just three months, especially after the dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic: “I tried to slow down the game. It worked in the first half. This is our best part in the game. We could have been ahead with a score of 3:0. But you know our players, we’ve lost balls since we started talking about it. Purpose hurts and we have doubts about the past. We know our history, we have little luck, we are counting. In the second half, we played our moral values, but we suffered physically. They hung up. We closed and went to 5. The most important thing is that we fall in line. When I came here, my idea was to take a step forward and change the Moroccan mentality. We just didn’t want to participate. I am happy for the players. They believed in our project. Coming to Kamikaze mode was not easy. The most important thing is to make people happy. If we still want to take the course, we need to recover quickly to make history.
A “dated evening” For Atlas Lions
It wasn’t just the Moroccan coach who exploded with joy and enjoyed this historic qualification. Indeed, his midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, who was one of the best elements of the group stage for the Moroccan side, wanted to congratulate himself and his teammates on this remarkable and classy course for Morocco, who finished first in their group.F: “As you said, we wrote history. This is incredible. We were in a strong group. We are the first. Thanks to us.” No. 7 and the first scorer of the match, Hakim Ziyech, who sounded on the antenna of BeIN Sports, emphasized this great achievement: “On the historic evening, I was successful in the goal I scored. There was this option just to record and I did. The only thing we can feel is pride, we played together, we fought collectively and we can be proud at the world level.
Atlas Lions captain Romain Saiss, who is under contract at Besiktas today, was congratulated by his former centre-back friend, now consultant Medhi Benatia. beIN Sports France : “We are very proud, we have not passed the first round for 36 years. We play football only for happiness, pride, these moments, it is even more beautiful when we have our country. We don’t want to stop there, we want to go further and show that we are a great team. I hope they are proud of us, as they see, we give everything on the field, we fight with our hearts, we see all the love they send us, they manage to make a difference in the stadium to push us, let them keep it up so we can go further. A dream come true for the Kingdom of Morocco, who will have to wait until the end of the evening to know their future opponent in the round of 16: they will be second in Group E, which is still very open until the third day. …