Morocco, real story of the World Cup

 Defeat to France ended a six-game unbeaten run at the World Cup for Morocco (won three, drawn three), and was their first loss at the finals since a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the group stage in 2018.

There was disappointment for the Morocco players at the final whistle of their 2-0 defeat to France. They missed out on the opportunity to create further his­tory and reach a World Cup final, but despite the disappointment, there should also be pride in what they have achieved in Qatar.

Walid Regragui’s side shocked the world, beating Belgium, Spain and Portugal on their remark­able run to the last four. Their huge support also made the games huge occasions, creating a phenomenal atmosphere in the stadiums.

Ultimately, France proved one hurdle too many, especially with the injury problems that saw West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd withdraw from the start­ing line-up just before kick-off and Romain Saiss come off after just 21 minutes of the semi-final.

However, when this group of players look back, they created history becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals, and they will always have that history on their side. Importantly, they can create further history with a third-place finish, should they beat Croatia tomorrow.

Morocco are the story of the World Cup. This was shown in the emotional scenes at the final whistle on Wednesday evening as Didier Deschamps embraced the Morocco players. He knew just how important they have been for this tournament.

They were roared on right until the end by their supporters in Qatar, and no doubt they will be returning home as heroes when they finally do return to Morocco, and rightly so. —Sky Sports

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