France defeat doesn’t spoil Morocco’s World Cup magic


Moroccan coach Walid Regargui said his team’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of France at the World Cup doesn’t take away from what they did to get there and showed they are not far from the top tier of world football.

The African side, which won their group then beat Spain and Portugal in the knockout rounds to set up a semi-final against the defending champions, had an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday’s decider, but Regargui said there was no room for excuses. Was.

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“We gave the maximum, that’s the most important,” said Regaragui. “We got some injuries, we lost [Nayef] Aguard in the warm-up, [Romain] sass, [Noussair] Majroui [during the game]But there’s no excuse.

“We paid for the slightest mistake. We didn’t get into the game well, we had too much technical waste in the first half, and the second goal kills us, but that’s not all we did before “

Theo Hernandez opened the scoring for France within five minutes, but Regargui’s rearranged side came back strongly to put the holders under pressure until a 79th-minute goal from substitute Randal Kolo Muani ended the contest.

Regargui said he changed his tactics defensively to try to deal with the pace of France’s wingers, and it paid off handsomely as Kylian Mbappe made a superb late run to set up the winner. Did not put

“In a World Cup, it was probably a step too far,” said the Moroccan coach. “Not in terms of quality or tactics, but physically we came up short tonight. We have a lot of players who were at 60 per cent and they have been for a few games now.”

“Today we had too many possessions and when we had the ball they punished us. Congratulations to France, now we are going to support them.”

Morocco will now face Croatia in the third-place playoff on Saturday, while France will seek to repeat as World Cup champions as they take on Argentina in Sunday’s final.

“It will be tough on a mental level,” Regargui said. “I will give opportunities to those who did not participate, and we will try to finish third.

“The important thing is that we have given our team a good look, and football in Morocco is not far from the top level.”

Information from Reuters was used in this story.

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