Doha, Qatar — Morocco Manager Walid Regragui said the team is aiming for the sky and they should be allowed to dream of winning the World Cup after topping Group F. 2-1 victory over Canada,
A hard-fought victory over Canada saw Morocco finish the group stage with seven points from their three matches – a record that included a 0–0 draw. Croatia and won 2-0 belgium,
Regargui was very pleased with his team’s form, and when asked if his team could go on and win the competition he said that they had earned the right to be in contention.
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“We set ourselves an objective – we wanted to give everything to get out of the group stages,” Regargui said. “We are aiming for the sky, we are not going to stop here, but we are going to be a tough team, so why not dream of winning the trophy?
“We need African teams to set this objective. We are taking it one game at a time, we are not going away, but if we are fighting fit, we have progress to make. There’s a big chance.”
Regargui was also happy with the star man Achraf HakimiDisplay of. Hakimi played through pain as he was nursing a thigh injury but played an important role in Morocco’s victory with an assist Youssef An-NesriFirst half goal.
Morocco took a 2-0 lead after a goal scored in the 23rd minute. prince zeich He opened the scoring after only four minutes, benefiting from a Canadian goalkeeping error to score from 35 yards out. Canada, however, would score on the stroke of half-time. Naif Aguird turning the ball into your net.
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“The first half was one of the best performances we’ve had in a long time,” Regaragui said. “It was too bad we had an own goal because it spooked us a bit. I liked that second half because that was the feeling I was looking for and the players were there despite the pressure.”
“Look at Hakimi – he got injured in the last minute, all Moroccans should praise him every day.”
Hakimi was exceptional down the right, and was passionate at the full-time whistle. He said it was beyond his wildest dreams to be part of the Moroccan team that reached the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Hakimi said, “We are very pleased with the qualification. We have done a fantastic job.”
“I want to congratulate the team. It’s a family – we have a good mentality. Time to do a good job with this generation. We deserve history and today we made history. I’m proud to play for Morocco. To do something big for your country is wonderful.”