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'France through but Morocco won African hearts' - Fan reactions after World Cup semi-final exit

5:16 PM MYT 15/12/2022
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The North Africans went beyond many people's expectations to reach the last four where they suffered defeat against Les Bleus

Supporters have hailed Morocco for their splendid run at the 2022 Fifa World Cup despite losing 2-0 to France in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Atlas Lions saw their efforts to reach the final come to an end with a goal in each half for Le Blues courtesy of Theo Hernandez and substitute Randal Kolo Muani at Al Bayt Stadium.

Ahead of the fixture against the world champions, Morocco had already written history becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the global competition.

The North Africans also reached the knockout stage without losing a group game. They started their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Croatia, stunned Belgium 2-0 before defeating Canada 2-1.

In the Round of 16, they stunned Spain 3-0 on penalties after a 0-0 result in normal and extra-time and then sent Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal packing in the quarter-finals after registering a 1-0 victory.

Morocco still have a chance to finish the tournament with a bronze medal when they take on Croatia at Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

  • france morocco world cup ziyech

    Morocco won many hearts

    I'm very proud of the Atlas Lions 🇲🇦. They never gave up even after conceding the second goal! They took risks at the back so that they can attack. Congrats to them and let's hope they can finish third on Saturday! They're our Heroes in Qatar 🇲🇦⚽♥️🇰🇪 - Hussein Salim

    France has won the game but Morocco has won our hearts! Good Fight the Lions of Atlas 🤜 - Kiruthi Wangondu

    Morocco can hold their heads high, brilliant. - Lisa Anderson

    This team is stay of hearts millions of people stay strong Morroco ❤️❤️❤️ - Muhammad Abdullah Jr.

    They really won our hearts. What a great performance from these Moroccans. 🇬🇭🇲🇦 - Qwesi Modwehe

  • Walid Regragui Morocco World Cup 2022

    Africa proud of Morocco

    Win or lose Morocco really tried they played well and to even get to the semi-finals they made us proud 👏👏 - Adunke Anu

    Very proud of Morocco. They put up a fierce fight against defending champion France. Congratulations to Africa. - Slycon Nnaemeka

    The whole of Africa is indeed really proud of them all ❤️ - Harry Tapscott

    We are proud of you all💕💞💯 - Itz Ola Wealthy

    They still made Africa Proud 👏👏👏 - Chidinma Ruth

    Well done Morocco for making Africa proud 🇲🇦 - Swizz Banking

    We Africans are extremely proud of you guys, you were exceptional and great in the tournament, best time ahead Atlas Lions. - Walexsky OG

  • Morocco 2022

    Morocco had a beautiful display

    The team had a beautiful performance! I totally gave them my heart tonight ❤ They only can be proud 👏👏 - Han Minh

    Outstanding effort. I hope Morocco goes on to use this as a platform for the future. They have done their nation proud. Their coach is someone special. Hold on to him as long as you can. - @newevolution911

    Although Morocco lost the game, they gave a tough time to France. They also missed a lot of opportunities in a game where they could score goals but they didn't avail that opportunities. They have won our hearts and played really well in this World Cup. We are with you... - @DrAbdullahGul1

  • Croatia World Cup 2022

    Morocco will defeat Croatia

    They've done wonders. Very solid a team. Third place for them to take. Africa is proud of you guys. - Niba Klif

    Morocco will win the bronze on Saturday. - Essien Shedrack

    Not yet. Morocco is heading for third place in the World Cup. It will be Africa's first-ever time to reach this level. Congrats to Morocco. - Charles Anteros

    It is so unfortunate they could not make it to the last two big wigs but hopefully, they are coming back home with a prize because I see them defeating Croatia for third place. Africa is gaining ground gradually at the world level now. - Ikuerowo Sunday Ola Sunnybravo

  • france morocco world cup theo hernandez bono

    Morocco deserved the trophy

    Just a simple loss of concentration and they got punished that's how football can be harsh, kudos though they deserved the trophy. - Charles Apana

    I'm still very proud of the Atlas Lions. They played romantic football. - Chidi Zion

  • Morocco Hakimi react post-match France World Cup

    Morocco should blame themselves

    Hard luck was on the side of Morocco in front of the goal, they played really well. We are proud of them. - Michael Ese

    Morocco had the better of France, they didn't take their chances. I really knew if they had equalised that one goal they would have qualified for the final. Big ups to Morocco... - Alfred Tawiah Darlington

    Morocco have themselves to blame and no one else. You're playing with such a great team in France, you get the chance to dominate; create chances but for some unknown reasons you simply can't put the ball in the net then I don't know what else the coach or anyone can do. - Hon. Abraham Kirwa

  • Morocco celebrate.

    Morocco made Africa believe

    Yes, we are beaten. Yes, we lost. Yes, it's football. But we are Africans and proud. These guys made us believe. They gave us a dream. They gave us a chance to add another country to this competition. Long live Morocco long live Africa. - TheDon BM

    Moroccan you are indeed the Atlas Lions, you played a perfect game it was not easy for so-called France to win the game, in fact, you did perfectly well am proud of you guys 💓💓💓💚💙💙💙💙💚💥💯💪💪💪,. - Godwin Eyo

  • Romain Saiss Morocco 2022

    Morocco needs to work on finishing

    Their finishing is also a big task like they would be scoring more goals. - Kwame Fasta

    It was an interesting match to watch but the problem came from the striking line, Morocco played a very nice game both flanks worked well but they didn't have a serious striker that would turn the chances into goals. There is always next time 💪💪💪 - Rabby Mark

    Nice heart and guts showed by the Moroccans... although they still need to work on their finishing. Hopefully, Morocco will claim bronze in the third-place match.One love ❤️ - Diogo Offu

  • Walid Regragui react Morocco World Cup

    Regragui is a hero

    You're [Regragui] a true hero and Africa will forever adore and treasure this great achievement. Thank you, SIR 🙏 - Linonge Polycarp Linonge

    You are a hero!!! I fell in love with the spirit of your team, thanks to you. - Petulia Blake

    Congrats 👏👏👏 we will not forget Morocco and a powerful coach of your caliber behind. This is great for Africa. - Thul Ukelo

    Thank you coach for raising Morocco and African football to another level. - Moss Touray

    Congratulations big coach for the level achieved, we are proud of you 👏 keep up - Jb God'stime Chea

    Very impressive! The best African coach so far. - Nana Kojo Monday

    The best coach so far in the history of the African continent. All the coaches in Africa should learn all the tactics and skills from him. Kudos to you. - Tamizaaya Gabriel

  • Yassine Bounou.

    Ziyech, Bounou and Boufal are star players

    Was very sad Morocco lost but I salute coach Walid Regragui, you will forever be a hero. Yassine Bounou, Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, Nordin Amrabat, Youssef En-Nesyri, and the rest are now household names.

    You are all appreciated. Africa is proud of you Morocco 🔥. - Isaac Matey