Executioner of Spain in the round of 16, Morocco achieved a historic feat by qualifying for the first time in their history in the quarter-finals.

World Cup World 2022: the hot reaction of Moroccans after their exploit

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    World Cup 2022: the hot reaction of Moroccans after their feat

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This is a historic first. After a single round of 16 in 1986, Morocco qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup by defeating Spain on penalties (0-0, 3-0 tab). A resounding feat and far from undeserved because the Atlas Lions largely held off their neighbors opposite, despite territorial domination and possession of the Hispanic ball. Morocco becomes the first African country to reach this stage of the competition since Ghana in 2010.

Except that Walid Regragui's players knew how to put the intensity they needed, block the activity de Pedri and Gavi, isolate the attackers, while being dangerous on a few counter-attacks. “I think we had a huge match, abounded the coach on beIN Sports. Tactically the guys followed the plan. They didn't let go. I said they were going to tire us. We held out until the penalties. We knew we had one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We did not play the penalties because we had the shares. Congratulations to them, we're going down in history.”

Regragui transmitted his energy to his players

The Moroccans believed in it since their qualification acquired brilliantly, finishing at the top of their pool ahead of Croatia and Belgium. They showed it during this meeting where they boldly played their luck. “I said we had to be ambitious in Africa. That's what the guys thought, I put that in their head. Why not win the World Cup, even if it's going to be hard because we let go of a lot of energy. But we have a heart. And when you have a heart and energy you win matches , concludes a delighted Regragui.

Physics are tired, some players are even injured (Aguerd is out injured, Saïss finished on one leg) but we will have to get back into action this Saturday against the winner of Portugal-Switzerland (who are playing this evening). Before that, Sofiane Boufal's partners will enjoy their exploit. “We would like to thank all the Moroccan fans around the world for their support. And here is this victory, it belongs to them, it belongs to all the Moroccan people, to all the Arab peoples and all the Muslim peoples.” History was written tonight.

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