Morocco’s U17 eliminated from World Cup
Morocco’s thrilling run at the FIFA U17 World Cup concluded today, as the Atlas Lions faced a 1-0 defeat against Mali in the quarter-final showdown at Manahan Stadium in Indonesia.
Despite a valiant effort from the Atlas Lions, Mali’s U17 team set the tone early in the game. Despite fierce resistance, the Eagles managed to breach Morocco’s defenses, with Ibrahim Diarra securing the decisive goal in the 81st minute.
The journey for Morocco’s U17 team began with remarkable momentum this year. Just days ago, they clinched a nail-biting victory over Iran in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in full-time.
This marks Morocco’s highest finish in the history of the tournament, surpassing their previous round of 16 exit in the 2013 edition, where they were defeated by Cote d’Ivoire 1-2.
The Atlas Lions navigated the group stage with two victories and one loss. They kicked off with a convincing 2-0 win over Panama in the opening match, suffered a setback with a 0-2 loss to Ecuador, and roared back to secure a 3-1 triumph against the host country, Indonesia.
Finishing first in Group A with six points, Morocco’s U17 team secured their spot in the knockout stage, marking a commendable achievement in their FIFA U17 World Cup journey.