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Morocco Player Ratings: En-Nesyri disappoints, Hakimi impressive against France

02:10 GMT+3 15/12/2022
 En-Nesyri Morocco
The Atlas Lions' hopes of reaching the final of the most prestigious football tournament in the world ended after losing to the Blues.

Morocco succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to defending champions France in the 2022 Fifa World Cup semi-final match on Wednesday night. 
Several jaded Moroccan players produced below-par performances, but there are those who impressed at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.
GOAL ran the rule over the individual performances of the Moroccan players. 

  • Yassine Bounou Morocco Qatar 2022

    Yassine Bounou - 6/10

    Conceded for the first time in the knockout phase. 

    Bounou was beaten from close range early on by Theo Hernandez's fine acrobatic strike. Many felt he could've stopped the player from taking the shot.
    He was also beaten late on by Randal Kolo Muani's goal which came into the France substitute's path from an unexpected Kylian Mbappe deflection. Between those goals, Bounou didn’t have too much to do.

  • Achraf Hakimi Morocco 2022

    Achraf Hakimi - 7.5/10

    Contained the dangerous Kylian Mbappe who never posed a major threat to him.
    Hakimi was a great outlet more than once to try and carry his side upfield and he delivered some decent crosses into France's box while being solid defensively. 

  • Noussair Mazraoui Morocco.

    Noussair Mazraoui - 6/10

    A livewire on the left flank for the Atlas Lions.
    Mazroaui overlapped to great effect in the first half but he had to be withdrawn at half-time as his hip injury flared up.

  • Romain Saiss Morocco.

    Romain Saiss - 6/10

    Couldn't cope with France's explosive attackers.
    Saiss was outpaced by Giroud who then hit the upright. The Moroccan defender was substituted in the 21st minute due to an injury. He took a risk starting the game but the gamble didn't pay off.

  • Achraf Dari of Morocco 2022.

    Achraf Dari - 5/10

    A last-minute replacement for Nayef Aguerd. 
    Dari couldn’t clear the Hernandez goal when on the line, and he struggled to contain Man of Match Antoine Griezmann who was France's livewire on the right wing.

  • Jawad El Yamiq.

    Jawad El Yamiq - 6/10

    El Yamiq started slowly with Olivier Giroud unsettling him.

    However, he improved as the game progressed and he almost scored with an outrageous overhead kick which hit the post. 

  • Sofyan Amrabat - morocco - world cup 2022

    Sofyan Amrabat - 7.5/10

    Another good display by the ACF Fiorentina star.
    Amrabat played accurate passes through the lines to open up France’s midfield. He also made some well-timed tackles including one where he stopped Mbappe. 

  • Azzedine Ounahi Morocco.

    Azzedine Ounahi - 7/10

    One of Morocco's better performers on the night.
    Ounahi displayed good technique and the ability to switch play as Morocco dominated possession. He also came close to scoring in the latter stages of the game. 

  • Hakim Ziyech Marruecos Qatar 2022

    Hakimi Ziyech - 6.5/10

    Morocco's best attacker on the night.
    Ziyech's one-touch interplay down the channel was good for the most part as he unsettled the French defence, but he couldn't keep his attempts on target. 

  • Youssef En-Nesyri Morocco 2022.

    Youssef En-Nesyri - 4.5/10

    Isolated and frustrated.
    En-Nesyri never posed a threat to the French defence and he gave away possession at times when Morocco were looking to launch attacks.

  • Sofiane Boufal Morocco.

    Sofiane Boufal - 5.5/10

    Full of running.
    However, Boufal was involved in some decent link play in the final third for much of an hour before being substituted while looking tired.

  • Selim Amallah Morocco 2022.

    Selim Amallah - 6/10

    Replaced Saiss and he was always keen to take shots at goal - forcing goalkeeper Hugo Loris into a fine diving save.

  • Yahia Attiyat Allah

    Yahia Attiyat Allah - 5.5/10

    Came on at half-time and he combined well with his teammates as the Atlas Lions dominated possession, but he couldn't cut open the opposition's defence to create chances.

  • Abderrazak Hamdallah - morocco - world cup 2022

    Abderrazak Hamdallah - 5.5/10

    Came close to scoring after replacing En-Nesyri in the 66th minute as he took up some good positions in France's box and made promising runs with the ball.

  • Zakaria Aboukhlal of Morocco.

    Zakaria Aboukhlal - 5.5/10

    Also got himself into good positions and he had a chance to score but could not quite leap high enough to nod home a deflected cross having been introduced in the 67th minute.

  • Abdessamad Ezzalzouli Morocco.

    Abdessamad Ezzalzouli - 5/10

    Introduced in the 78th minute and he didn't make an impact with France defending in numbers.