Egypt beat Morocco 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. (see details)
Egypt will play hosts Cameroon in the semi-finals next Thursday.
The Moroccan press was surprised that Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech did not join the ranks of Morocco during the tournament.
FilGoal.com reviews with you the most important Moroccan newspaper headlines after the match.
The Moroccan national team newspaper, Achraf Hakimi, described the Moroccan star as a “lethal weapon” on the morning of the match.
The newspaper headlined the news of the loss of the Atlas Lions against Egypt as follows: “The first official defeat for the Moroccan national team”.
The newspaper added that this defeat is the first for Morocco under the leadership of Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
The newspaper also criticized the selection of the Moroccan national team’s list in the tournament, and was surprised that Hakim Ziyech, the Lions star, left his Chelsea team instead of including him in the tournament.
It was titled “They brought Salah and we left Ziyech to Chelsea.”
The newspaper criticized Halilhodzic’s statements in the pre-match press conference and his praise of Mohamed Salah, the captain of Egypt. At the same time, the Bosnian coach excluded Hakim Ziyech, stressing that Carlos Queiroz, if he was in Khaliluzic’s place, would not have missed the opportunity to strengthen his team’s squad by including a player like Chelsea star Ziyech.
For its part, the tournament newspaper headlined the news of the match as follows: “The Moroccan team bid farewell to (Cameroon was) from the quarter-finals after falling against Egypt.”
le360 . website
As for the le360 website, it cited the experience of the Egyptian team in the ability to defeat Morocco, and wrote the title of the match as follows: “The experience of the Pharaohs overthrows the lions and ends their journey in the Can.”
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