It's hard to blame Morocco, Achraf Hakimi, Azzedine Ounahi, Yassine Bounou… All of them delivered an extraordinary World Cup to take the Atlas Lions to a first World Cup semi-final in their history.
So, despite the defeat against the Blues this Wednesday in the last four (0-2), Morocco celebrated its heroes in the local press.
Several expressions come back repeatedly in the front page of the Moroccan press.
rightly believe that Walid Regragui's men came out of this World Cup "with their heads held high", after "an incredible campaign" in which Morocco ended up "being caught in its own trap according to the first of the two newspapers.
Le Matin also links the message of the head of government Aziz Akhannouch: “Thank you champions!
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The daily L'Opinion does not hesitate to change its title to include a small "Thank you Lions" below the name of the newspaper.
Below, it is Walid Regragui who is on the front page with "Strength and Honors", simple but effective.
In its columns, the media explains the defeat by "the naivety of the Moroccans and the experience of the tricolors", but does not forget, either, to congratulate the selection: "Congratulations to the Lions for all of their performance, but it's not over yet!
The match for third place will take place this Saturday against Croatia, with whom they came out of the pools ahead of Belgium and Canada.
Finally, for the Canard Libéré, "Morocco comes out the front door" and lived "a breathtaking adventure", which ended against a French team, "defending champion and favorite" according to the Moroccan daily.
Finally, all the newspapers, without exception, evoke as a symbol the phone call from King Mohammed VI to coach Walid Regragui and Captain Romain Saïss.
Morocco still salutes its heroes.