“We fought to the end” – Achraf Hakimi speaks on Morocco’s loss to France


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Defender, Achraf Hakimi has said that the Atlas Lions of Morocco “fought to the end” in their unsuccessful bid to reach the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar.

Recall that Morocco lost their semi-final match against France at Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday night, no thanks to a goal each from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani.

Morocco went into the encounter on the back of impressive performances against Portugal, in the quarter-finals, and Spain, in the round of 16.

The Atlas Lions became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the Mundial after securing a 1-0 win over Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal.

However, Walid Regragui’s side failed to keep the defending champions from progressing into Sunday’s final to play Lionel Messi-led Argentina.

Taking to Facebook on Thursday afternoon, Hakimi wrote, “We did not spare any effort to realize the dream of this team and the dream of the Moroccans and all who supported us.

“The dream is to be in the semi-finals but we can only be proud of what we achieved in this world cup. We fought to the end and came out with our heads held high.

“We will continue to work and do our best for this country. Thank you all for supporting us during this World Cup. We love you guys. Always Morocco❤️, always

“We gave it all. The dream of a team, of a whole country, is over. But we have to be proud of what we have done.

“We fought until the last second and we leave with our heads held high.

“We will continue to try and give our all for this nation. Thanks to all Moroccans for your support. We love you.

“Always Morocco, always❤️”

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