The so-called consolation final against Croatia awaits Huizen-born Amrabat instead of the world title battle with Argentina.
“We fell behind 1-0 early on because of a stupid goal on the counter, so you’re behind the facts,” said the former FC Utrecht and Feyenoord player, who made a big impression in the Cup of the world. “If you’re up front, it’s comfortable to play football. We played through their hands.”
Moroccan national coach Walid Regragui had taken the gamble of including important but not quite fit Nayef Aguerd and Romain Saïss in his core squad. Aguerd had already retired in the warm-up, Saïss had to be substituted after 21 minutes. “It weighs heavily against such a difficult team. Maybe we should be proud of the way we played against the reigning world champions. And later we can look back on a great tournament. But now it’s very painful. We were so close to the final.”