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The Moroccan national team continued writing history in the ninth edition of the World Football Championship in the Futsal Hall in Lithuania, by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in its history after beating Venezuela 3-2 on Wednesday.

Morocco owes its qualification to its star Sofiane El Masrar, who scored the three goals in the 2, 9 and 31 minutes, while Jesus Viamonte (7) and Milton Francia (33) scored Venezuela’s goals. After reaching the final price for the first time in its history, the African and Arab champion continued his wonderful career in his third participation in the World Cup after the 2012 and 2016 editions.

Contrary to its previous two disappointing participations when it came out empty-handed with three defeats in each, the Moroccan team maintained its unbeaten record in the current edition and achieved its second consecutive victory after the first over the Solomon Islands in the group stage, compared to two draws with Thailand and Portugal, the champions of the old continent in the first round. also.

And Morocco hit a date in the quarter-finals next Sunday with Brazil, the record holder in the number of titles in the competition (5 years 1989, 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012) or Japan, who meet Thursday.

“We will prepare well and fight.”

Morocco coach Hicham Dekaik expressed his happiness with his country’s qualification, saying, “Thank God, we qualified and reached this level. We are now with the eight giants in the competition. This is the culmination of great effort and work from all football events in Morocco.” He continued, “Our goal was to reach the final price to eliminate the disappointment of the previous two participants, as the preparations were not good, unlike the current version. We succeeded to a large extent in our bet and we hope to continue the adventure.”

Regarding the possibility of facing Brazil in the next round, Al-Dukaik said, “We have nothing to lose in the upcoming matches and we will play them as if they are playoffs. We will prepare well and we will fight and will not give up in order to show the world that we qualified well and deservedly, not by chance.” “We will stand equal to each other against any competitor we will face in the tournament,” he added.

Morocco became the second Arab and African team to reach the quarter-finals of the world competition after Egypt in the last edition, before it was eliminated by Argentina (0-5), which later crowned the title. Egypt also reached the final price in 2000 in its second consecutive participation in the World Cup, and 2012 in its fifth participation. Egypt came out of the first round of the current version. Russia reached the same round by defeating Vietnam 3-2 as well.

It is the fourth win in a row for Russia, which will face in the next round holders Argentina or Paraguay, who will meet on Thursday as well.

Thursday also plays Kazakhstan with Thailand. And the round of 16 concludes on Friday with the meetings of Spain, the 2000 and 2004 champions, with the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan with Iran, and Portugal with Serbia.

WB/AFP (AFP)





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