Morocco in the quarter-finals of the World Cup: “This team works miracles”

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Morocco in the quarter-finals of the World Cup: “This team works miracles”

From Casablanca, the temple of football, to Rabat, the placid capital of the kingdom, the Moroccans exploded with joy on Tuesday after the historic qualification of their national team in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Spain (0-0, 3-0 on pens).

After an unbreathable suspense, songs, cries, tears, the cracking of smoke bombs, a strident hustle and bustle of horns celebrated the qualification, at the end of the penalty shootout, of the Lions of the ‘Atlas, the first Arab selection to reach this stage of the competition. “We were millions behind Morocco. This team represents a spirit, a unionexulted Imad Aït Ounejjar, a project manager, in a crowded trattoria in Casablanca. This victory is for Morocco, Africa, the Arab world and all the nations that believed in us. We are proud to be Moroccans. » In fact, the Atlas Lions are the last African or Arab selection still in the running in Qatar.

Better than 1986

” I can not believe it ! This team works wonders! It’s so beautiful ! » adds next Lamia Afria, 24 years old. “I feel proud, we did the unthinkable! » For everyone, it’s a dream come true after so many years of waiting and frustration. Never had the Atlas Lions gone so far in the world tournament. Before Monday, their best result in football’s premier competition was in 1986, when they reached the round of 16.

After the victory, the room chanted, with one voice, “Next” and “Dima Maghrib (Always with Morocco)”. In the next round, Walid Regragui’s team will face the winner of Portugal-Switzerland.

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