World Cup Quarterfinals
Friday, December 9
•Netherlands Vs Argentina
•Croatia Vs Brazil
Saturday, December 10
•England Vs France
•Morocco Vs Portugal
Morocco coach Walid Regragui says that an African team will soon win a World Cup trophy after his side managed to progress to the Quarterfinals of the ongoing tournament in Qatar.
Morocco, the remaining burning candle of the five African representatives, stunned Spain to eliminate the side in shootouts.
Speaking to the press after the game, Regragui is quoted: “Just to say I’m not here to be a politician, we represent Morocco and obviously, Morocco and Moroccans are my priority” Regragui said via GOAL. ” But obviously, we’re also African like Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Tunisia, so we hope to fly the flag of African football high.
“Often African football has been described as sub-par, not as good as elsewhere, but in this World Cup, I think we’ve shown we can give anyone a run for their money.
“We’re talking about European teams, South American teams, and I hope in the future we’ll be seeing more African teams. Why not an African World Cup champion in the future?”
And Morocco will now be facing Portugal in the Quarterfinals, the latter eased past Switzerland.
Morocco is bidding to become the first African nation to reach the semifinals, with Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana all stopped at the Quarters.
Just like Morocco and Portugal, the Quarterfinals lineup has two more teams (Netherlands and Croatia) who have never won the World Cup.
Netherlands will meet Lionel Messi’s Argentina while Croatia, last edition’s beaten finalists, face pre-tournament favourites and record winners Brazil.
The 1966 winners England will face holders France on Saturday before Morocco’s mouthwatering tie with Portugal.
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