Morocco Qualifies for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Knockout Stage
Morocco qualified to the knockout stage while making history as the first African debutant team to win two group stage games at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Atlas Lionesses team faced a tough start when they were handed a resounding 6-0 defeat by Germany in their opening match which was later on thought as a sign of inexperience.
However, the team showed incredible spirit and character, proving that the early setback was not going to define their tournament.
In their second match against South Korea, the world No 72-ranked Moroccans bounced back and managed to score their first goal of the competition and managed to win the match with the only goal of the game which was scored by Ibtissam Jraidi in the 6th minute.
In their last group stage match against Colombia, Morocco displayed a stunning performance. They held their ground, stayed organized, and eventually secured a memorable 1-0 victory through their striker Salina Diki.
This triumph not only marked Morocco’s second win in the group stage but also secured their qualification to the knockout stage for the first time in their history.
Morocco and Colombia are the two teams that have progressed from the group, Germany have failed to qualify after they were held to a 1 all draw by South Korea.
Colombia has topped the group with on goal difference of +2 with 6 points while Morocco are second with 6 points with a -4
The Atlas Lionesses also made history today, 3 August 2023, as the first team in the entire Middle East and North African region to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16.