Morocco qualified for the round of 16 in their debut FIFA Women’s World Cup outing.
The Moroccan women’s national team’s impressive maiden outing at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has ended after a 4-0 loss to France in the second round of 16.
Morocco lost their opening game of the tournament 6-0 to Germany but bounced back in their second game by beating South Korea 1-0 before qualifying for the second round of 16 in their debut World Cup outing with a 1-0 victory over Colombia in their last group game.
The Atlas Lionesses could not hold their ground against a highly experienced French side in the second round of 16, as a brace from Eugénie Le Sommer and solo efforts from Kadidiatou Diani and Kenza Dali saw Herve Renard’s girls advance into the last eight of the tournament.
Morocco’s loss means all African teams in the global football showpiece have been eliminated.
South Africa lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in the second round of 16 after fighting hard to make it out of the group stage.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons fought until the end against European champions England before loosing 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 0-0 in normal time and English star player Lauren James sent off.
African teams made history at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as it was the first time that three African teams made it to the knockout stages.
Super Falcons of Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala also made history by becoming the first African player to score in three FIFA Women’s World Cups.