Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi couldn’t hold back his anger after the match.
Morocco lost 1-2 to Croatia in the 3rd and 4th place matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar held at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 18th. With this, Morocco finished their World Cup journey in 4th place.
Morocco is called the best blast team in this tournament. From the group stage, based on solid defensive organization, they reached the stage of the round of 16 as first place in the group, and advanced to the semifinals by defeating Spain and Portugal. Morocco drew a lot of attention by showing a salty water defense that gave up only one point until the quarterfinals.
Morocco became the first country to advance to the semifinals since Europe and South America since Korea in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. It also became the first team from the African continent and the Middle East to cross the threshold of the semifinals. However, the threshold to the final was high. Morocco met France in the semi-finals and lost 0-2, thwarting their dream of winning the title.
They also lost in the 3rd place match. Morocco faced Croatia, but conceded two goals in the first half and eventually lost 1-2. With this, Morocco ended the World Cup with the highest ranking in Morocco history as well as the African continent.
However, the Moroccan players were dissatisfied with the referee’s decision. As soon as the final whistle blew, all the players ran to the referee and protested, and coach Walid Legragui was also captured on the broadcast screen having a long conversation with the referee. 토토사이트
Eventually, Hakimi exploded. Britain’s ‘Express’ reported that “Hakimi appeared to have a confrontation with FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the match over the decision of Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim. shouted at him,” he reported.
Germany’s ‘Sport1’ reported: “Hakimi went to President Infantino and asked, ‘Doesn’t FIFA want Morocco to win a medal? . Hakimi was pushed into the locker room by the staff,” he explained.
Hakimi explained the incident. In an interview with Morocco’s Arryadia TV, he admitted his fault, saying “I went to talk to him and apologized for what I said to him. Nothing happened because I respect him a lot.