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QATAR 2022

First of the last: Pain as Morocco exit the World Cup

African giants Morocco are officially out of the World Cup tournament after a brave fight in the semi-finals

Morocco manager Walid Regragui and Romain Saiss appear dejected at the end of the FIFA World Cup Semi-Final match at the Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022.

Hopes of Morocco representing Africa in the finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament started to get soiled after France scored in the early minutes of the match through Theo Hernandez in the fifth minute.

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Morocco bundled Portugal out of the tournament in the quarter-finals and Africa as a continent was rallying behind them to progress through to the final, of course after playing France.

One thing that the Moroccan players didn't know is that every first touch of the game that they made was going to result in unprecedented pain after 90 minutes in Qatar.

Morocco came close to scoring in the 10th minute when Azzedine Ounahi finessed past Raphael Varane but Hugo Lloris was on keen at the back.

Jawad El Yamiq tried to score from an overhead kick for Morocco also but he hit the post. Morocco showed determination throughout the whole match despite taking off Romain Saiss due to an injury.

Randal Kolo Muani killed Morocco's hopes of progressing to the next level after adding France's second goal just 44 seconds after coming on for Ousmane Dembele.

It was painful seeing Moroccan players sad after the full-time whistle since the results didn't favour them at all. They had done everything right but it was just not their day.

France will play against Argentina in the finals of the tournament on December 18, 2022. Morocco will face Croatia in the playoffs for the third and fourth positions respectively.

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