DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Morocco made history, but couldn’t get past Kylian Mbappé and France.

The first African nation to reach the World Cup semi-finals were defeated by eventual champions France 2-0 at the Al Bait Stadium on Wednesday.

There is still a chance to win Saturday’s third-place tie against Croatia, but his dream of becoming the first team from outside Europe or South America to reach the finals is over.

Morocco coach Waleed Regragui and his players made the World Cup an unlikely story and pushed France even in defeat.

“My players gave everything. They went as far as they could,” said Regragui. “They wanted to rewrite the history books, but you can’t win the World Cup with miracles, you have to work hard and that’s what we’re going for. Do it, keep working.”

The protected V.S. Performance

No one could have expected Morocco to break new ground by advancing to the semi-finals of African football.



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