Morocco has become the latest African team to exit the Women’s World Cup title race after they were thumped 4 – 0 by France in their knockout match on Tuesday at the Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, Australia.
France were the dominant side from the onset and scored three goals before half-time through Kadidiatou Diani in the 15’, Kenza Dali 20’, and Eugénie Le Sommer in the 23’.
However, in the second-half Morocco put out a tenacious fight but it was not enough to stop the French side from netting their fourth and Le Sommer’s brace in the 70’ which eventually saw France having an easy walkway to the quarterfinals where they will play against the co-hosts Australia on Friday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Despite the loss, the Morocco Football Federation congratulated the senior women’s team for having reached the knockout stages especially considering the fact that it was their first team to qualify for the World Cup tournament.
“The final result today may not have favored us, but our pride in your performance is unwavering,” said the Federation.
Reynald Pedros, the head coach of the Moroccan team also praised his players for their great team effort expressing his deep admiration and gratitude for the team and acknowledging their immense support and inspiration.
In addition, the Confederation of African Football Women’s Football applauded the Morocco senior women’s team for having left an indelible mark in their debut feature.
Due to Tuesday’s result, there are now no more African teams at the World Cup as Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia are now out of the tournament.