Morocco beats Brazil in first showdown after World Cup success
The Moroccan team has now also defeated soccer superpower Brazil. In a practice match in Tangier, it surprisingly won 2-1.
Morocco, which included Ziyech, Mazraoui and Amrabat in the starting lineup, took the lead after half an hour of soccer through Sofiane Boufal. The Paris-born footballer scored right in front of goal from a spin after he was played the ball by Bilal El Khannous.
After halftime, Morocco was able to defend the lead just fine until the Brazilians equalized over 20 minutes before time thanks to an easy goal by Casemiro.
Substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri finally scored the winning goal in the 79th minute with a hard shot against the underside of the crossbar. After this, Brazil, which is ranked first in the FIFA world rankings, could do nothing in return.
The practice match against the Brazilians was the first major showdown after last winter’s successful World Cup. Morocco became the first African team ever to make it to the semifinals, after handsome victories over Portugal, Spain and Belgium, among others.