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Morocco XI vs Croatia: Ziyech and Hakimi start in World Cup opener

1:25 PM GMT+4 23/11/2022
Hakim Ziyech Morocco
The Atlas Lions hope to open their World Cup campaign with a win as they face the European nation in the group opener
  • Sevilla and Morocco's Yassine Bounou 2021-22

    Goalkeeper: Yassine Bounou

    Bounou, as usual, keeps his place within the posts ahead of Munir El Kajoui and Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti.

  • Achraf Hakimi Morocco

    Right-back: Achraf Hakimi

    One of the key players for Morocco in Qatar.

    As the Paris Saint-Germain defender is deployed as the right-back, he is expected to make forward runs and help in the attacking mission when situations demand so.

  • Romain Saiss - morocco - ghana - afcon 2021

    Centre-back: Romain Saiss

    Saiss’ experience will come in handy at the back.

    The 32-year-old is expected to lead with authority as the Atlas Lions come up against an ambitious side in the tournament.

  • Nayef Aguerd of Morocco.

    Centre-back: Nayef Aguerd

    The defender, who suffered an ankle injury during a pre-season outing for West Ham United, will partner Saiss at the heart of Morocco’s defence.

  • Noussair Mazraoui of Morocco is challenged by Sessi Dalmeida of Benin.

    Left-back: Noussair Mazraoui

    A good run at the club level with Bayern Munich has ensured the fullback starts ahead of Yahia Attiyat Allah.

  • Achraf Hakimi & Azzedine Ounahi of Morocco

    Midfielder: Azzedine Ounahi

    Much will depend on Ounahi’s creativity and speed as Morocco hope to dismantle the Croatian defensive wall.  

  • Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco.

    Midfielder: Sofyan Amrabat

    He came on for Ounahi during their last friendly match and has been given a starting slot against Croatia.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Bafana Bafana, & Selim Amallah, Morocco, June 2022

    Midfielder: Selim Amallah

    With four goals and an assist for Standard Liege in the Belgian Pro League, Amallah has enough reasons to be motivated as he makes it into Regragui’s starting XI.

  • Hakim Ziyech Morocco

    Attacking midfielder: Hakim Ziyech

    Ziyech returned to the Moroccan national team following a change of management.

    The Chelsea forward has been given a start and should grab the opportunity and make a statement that he is still a key figure in the team’s setup.

    His goal against Georgia in their friendly match should further fire his ambition as African ambassadors in Qatar hope to advance from the group stage.

  • Morocco's forward Sofiane Boufal

    Winger: Sofiane Boufal

    Boufal scored against Georgia and will again carry the goal-scoring expectations for Morocco, not only for this match but for the rest of the games.

  • Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco.

    Forward: Youssef En-Nesyri

    His early goal against Georgia set the tempo in favour of his side, and he leads the attacking line for the North Africans at Al Bayt Stadium.