The seventeenth day of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was historic for Morocco and the Arabs, after attaining an unprecedented feat by qualifying for the quarter-finals on the expense of Spain.
Morocco vs Spain
The Moroccans staged a footballing epic on the Training Metropolis stadium and scored a powerful victory over ‘La Roja' which took them to the quarter-finals for the primary time within the historical past of Arab soccer.
This victory noticed a number of different historic moments, together with the Emir of Qatar's celebration of Morocco's qualification, at a time when Portugal's Gonzalo Ramos changed Cristiano Ronaldo in the absolute best means within the Portugal-Switzerland match.
Moroccan realization and Portuguese scan
The Moroccan nationwide workforce has written a brand new story for itself, the Arabs and the African continent, reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the primary time in its historical past.
This qualification got here after the victory over Spain on penalties, by which goalkeeper Yassine Bounou performed the primary function, after the match resulted in its 4 rounds in a goalless draw.
Morocco grew to become the primary Arab workforce to realize this feat, whereas Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana joined because the fourth workforce from Africa to achieve this stage.
Within the second recreation, Portugal beat their Swiss counterparts 6-1 on the Lusail stadium, in an encounter which noticed Cristiano Ronaldo sitting on the bench, and his compatriot Gonzalo Ramos, who scored 3 targets (a hat-trick), in his third recreation. within the World Cup in Qatar, and the primary match by which he performed a key function.
Moroccan midfielder Bilal Al-Khanous has revealed the message coach Walid Regragui despatched to the gamers throughout half-time towards his Spanish counterpart.
Al-Khanous stated after the match: “Between half-time, the coach advised us that we had 45 minutes left to make historical past, having succeeded in 1986 by reaching the knockout phases of the Cup. of the world. Now we are able to write historical past once more.”
He added: “He advised us to combat each bullet for the sake of your households, for Morocco and for the followers, and we managed to realize that. We saved our cool and fought till on the final second. We won't wait to get there so far as attainable.”
Highlights after Morocco's victory
The thrill of Moroccan gamers in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar have witnessed many stunning photographs and scenes which have been very talked-about on social networks.
The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, took half within the Moroccan celebrations, as he appeared pleased with the achievement, hoisted the Moroccan flag from the stands and greeted the gamers with the followers within the stadium Training Metropolis.
The celebrities of the Moroccan nationwide workforce additionally made some extent of celebrating the historic qualification by hoisting the Palestinian flag alongside the Moroccan flags.
The participant, Ashraf Hakimi, creator of the decisive penalty shootout, most popular to have a good time the qualification along with his mom, current within the stands, whereas he walked in the direction of her on the stands, hugged her and kissed her.
The way forward for Luis Enrique
Spain coach Luis Enrique has refused to debate his future after the World Cup exclusion by the hands of Morocco, which he blessed to advance to the following spherical.
Enrique stated: “Now shouldn't be the time to speak about my future. What I'm pondering now's going again residence, and I believe I'll speak in regards to the future with the president of the federation the following week. I am very comfy in my job, and if it is as much as me, I will proceed it for the remainder of my life, however I've to.” Make the perfect determination for me and for the workforce.
He added: “I am the one who bears the accountability for the loss. I picked the primary 3 gamers to take penalties. I am pleased with my workforce and happy with the gamers. Congratulations to the successful workforce.”
Yassine Bounou, goalkeeper for the Moroccan nationwide workforce, commented on his brilliance and success in stopping two photographs on objective throughout his nation's match towards Spain.
Bono stated: “What occurred was a mixture of instinct and luck, a very powerful factor is that we gained. Hats off to the entire workforce, they did an amazing job. It is not simple to pay attention 120 minutes towards a Spanish workforce who've possession of the ball.”
He added: “Once I noticed the gamers working it was superb. It is onerous to know these moments. You must deal with your self after which go into the following recreation with that need and that pleasure that we let's examine within the eyes of the gamers.”
Bono, who gained the Man of the Match award, concluded: “Reward God, I thank the gamers who put in an enormous effort in a full interview, dealt with the sport and performed to our skill. We congratulations to the Moroccan individuals”.
Historic hat-trick for Ramos
Portugal and Benfica striker Gonzalo Ramos took the limelight within the match by which his nation beat Switzerland 6-1, after scoring 3 targets (a hat-trick).
Ramos grew to become the primary participant to attain (a hat-trick) in his first look within the World Cup beginning XI, since Germany's Miroslav Klose within the 2002 World Cup, in line with the ‘Opta' community specializing in statistics.
Ramos has scored extra targets within the World Cup Spherical of 16 than Lionel Messi (1) and Cristiano Ronaldo (0) mixed.
Samuel Eto'o apologizes
Samuel Eto'o, president of the Cameroon Soccer Federation, hastened to apologize for what occurred to Algerian Saïd Saadouni, the content material creator on YouTube.
Eto'o appeared in a video clip attacking Saadouni after Gambian referee Bakary Gassama talked about him in entrance of him, referring to the referee within the play-off match to qualify for the World Cup, which ended by the defeat of Algeria towards Cameroon 2-1.
Eto'o launched an announcement on his official Twitter account, by which he stated, “I apologize for being indignant and reacting that didn't replicate my persona. I used to be insulted and accused of dishonest with out proof.”
He added: “The state of affairs of shedding Algeria was robust, however in line with the legal guidelines, the whole lot introduced towards us by the Algerian Federation has been rejected, so I name on him to take accountability and put an finish to this. unhealthy ambiance earlier than a extra critical tragedy happens.”
The explanation for Mbappé's absence
The absence of Kylian Mbappé, the star of the France workforce, anxious the French, earlier than the date scheduled towards England subsequent Saturday, within the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Nevertheless, the French Soccer Federation shortly reassured everybody about Mbappe, the 23-year-old, in an official assertion.
“Kylian Mbappé works within the restoration room, which is regular two days after a match,” stated the French Soccer Federation.