PSG defender Achraf Hakimi is the headliner of a Moroccan selection that finished first in its group ahead of Croatia, Belgium and Canada. A page in the history of African football has been written, Hakimi knows it very well before facing Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup.
For the first time since 1998 and Nigeria’s performance, an African team finished the group stage of a World Cup by taking first place. This Thursday, by outclassing Canada (2-1), Morocco closed its group stage by beating Belgium (2-0) and conceding a draw against Croatia (0-0). With their 7 points collected, the Atlas Lions honored Amine Haritwho missed the World Cup due to a serious injury with the OM.
“We made history by winning two matches and finishing top of the group”
At the microphone of carlos Saez, Ashraf Hakimi confided in this enormous performance: Morocco emerges victorious from its group. “We are happy, our objective was to qualify, we made history by winning two matches and finishing at the top of the group”.
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Morocco inherits Spain in 1/8th, Hakimi announces that the group is “ready”
To finish, Ashraf Hakimi spoke before the crazy evening of Group E of this World Cup in Qatar. Finally, Morocco inherited Spain for the round of 16 of this World Cup in Qatar while the selection of the defender of PSG could fall on Costa Rica and especially Germany. But whatever the adversary, Hakimi said he was ready for the COPE Padlock. “I’m not asking anyone for the round of 16, we’re ready, we have a great group”.