Futsal World Cup 2021: Morocco continues to write history and reaches the quarter-finals (video)

Vilnius: The Moroccan national team went on to make history in the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup in the Futsal Hall in Lithuania, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in its history after beating Venezuela 3-2 on Wednesday. Morocco owes its qualification to its star Sofiane El Masrar, who scored the three goals in Dakkak 2, 9 and 31, while Jesus Viamonte (7) and Milton Francia (33) scored Venezuela’s goals. After reaching the final prize for the first time in his history, the African and Arab champion continued his splendid career on his third participation in the World Cup after the 2012 and 2016 editions. empty with three defeats each, the Moroccan team has maintained its unbeaten run in the edition in course and achieved his second consecutive victory after his first over the Solomon Islands in the group stage, compared to two draws with Thailand and Portugal, champions of the old continent in the first round. And Morocco has set an appointment in the quarters next Sunday with Brazil, holder of the record by number of titles in the competition (5 years 1989, 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012) or Japan, which meet on Thursday. Morocco coach Hicham El Dukeik expressed his happiness for his country’s qualification and said: “Thank God, we qualified and reached this level. Now we are with the eight giants of the competition. This is the culmination. of the great effort and work of all football events in Morocco”. He continued: “Our goal was to achieve the round of final price to cancel the disappointment of the two previous participants, as the preparations were not good, unlike the current version. We managed in large measure in our bet and we hope to continue the adventure. “Regarding the possibility of facing Brazil in the next round, Al-Dukaik said:” We have no one to lose in the next games and we play them as if they were playoffs. ” equal against each other against any competitor we face in the tournament, “he added. Morocco became the second Arab and African team to reach the quarter-finals of the international competition after Egypt in the last edition, before be eliminated by Argentina (0-5), who then won the title. Egypt also reached the final price in 2000 on its second consecutive participation in the World Cup and in 2012 on its fifth participation. Egypt is out of the first round of the current version. Russia reached the same round by also beating Vietnam 3-2. It is the fourth consecutive victory for Russia, which will face the champions in the next round in charge of Argentina or Paraguay, who will also compete on Thursday. Kazakhstan also plays with Thailand on Thursday. And the round of 16 will end on Friday with the matches of Spain, champions of 2000 and 2004, with the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan with Iran and Portugal with Serbia. (AFP)

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