Despite 2-0 defeat to France, proud Moroccans hail World Cup team
France beat Morocco and is set to face Argentina in the World Cup final.
Disappointment hit Moroccans on Wednesday after their team's semi-final defeat to France, but nothing could efface the feeling of pride in an outstanding World Cup performance that spurred tears of joy across Africa and the Arab world.
As France scored the second goal, Al-Bayt Stadium suddenly went quiet, echoing a sheer silence that trespassed Rabat and Casablanca and landed in Beirut, Cairo, and Dakar.
France defeated Morocco 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the World Cup championship game against Argentina on Sunday at Lusail Stadium.
We need a besties film of Mbappé and Hakimi. They’re so cute #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/FXnky5B61H— Emi Eleode (@EmiEleode) December 14, 2022
After Morocco failed to clear their lines in the fifth minute, Theo Hernandez gave the reigning champions the lead, and replacement Randal Kolo Muani increased their advantage in the 79th minute.
Morocco is set to face 2018 runner-ups Croatia on Saturday at Khalifa International Stadium, in a match that decides who ranked third in the World Cup.
Unlucky Morocco. You did the Muslim world proud! 🇲🇦 ☪️ ❤— Robert Carter 🇲🇦 🏆 (@Bob_cart124) December 14, 2022
The better team didn't win.
Alas, Islam, the Arab culture and Palestine are all the ultimate winners of this year's Qatar World Cup. #Morocco #Qatar2022 #Islam #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/CtQhlyB9Kd