Paris: France fans celebrate advancing to the 2022 World Cup finals (Reuters)
Joe Biden, the president of the United States, spoke last night (Wednesday) to about 50 heads of state from Africa who arrived in Washington, just an hour before the semi-finals of the World Cup in which Morocco represented the continent against world champions France. Biden, the semi-finals are about to start," joked the president, who ended up finishing the speech four minutes after the opening whistle - just before Theo Hernandez's go-ahead goal.
Biden then watched the first half together with Aziz Ahnoush, the Prime Minister of Morocco who was present at the conference, And other heads of state, including former soccer player George Wah, who serves as the president of Liberia. On
the official Twitter account, the president tweeted: "It was a great honor to watch the World Cup game together with the Prime Minister of Morocco Achanous.
It doesn't matter who you are for, it was amazing to see what this team was able to achieve."
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Morocco still has one goal, despite losing 2:0 in the semi-finals.
On Saturday at 17:00 they will meet Croatia in the battle for third place and the ambition is to bring a historic medal to Africa.
Coach Walid Ragheraghi said: "This loss does not detract from what we did here. We gave our best, that is the most important thing. Everyone saw that we were proud to represent the country, I am happy with what we achieved. We presented a good image of Morocco and African football, the world can be proud of us . We had several injuries, we lost Agar in the warm-up and then Saiss and Mazrawi at halftime, but I didn't say anything. For the smallest mistake, you pay in cash against such an opponent. We didn't enter the game well and then we wasted chances. The second goal killed us."
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was present at the semi-final and congratulated his team's players after the game, also entered the Moroccan dressing room and complimented Soufian Ambarat in front of his teammates: "You were the best midfielder in the tournament."
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