The World Cup semi-finals in Qatar pitted the two Paris Saint-Germain teammates against each other.
During the historic match between Morocco and France, on Wednesday, at Al-Bayt Stadium, the banner of the positions that brought together French striker Kylian Mbappe, with right-back Ashraf Hakimi, was praised by FIFA on Twitter.
Moroccan national team defender Hakimi and French national team striker Mbappe have a close friendship since the first joined the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain the season before last.
Hakimi sent a special message to Mbappe after their country’s national teams qualified for the round of four, by posting a tweet through his Twitter account, in which he said, “See you soon, my friend,” to which the latter replied with three hearts.
Mbappe, a French footballer who plays in the attacking position with Paris Saint-Germain in the French League and the French national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his accuracy in finishing, dribbling, strength and high speed.
In turn, Hakimi, the Moroccan, plays with Paris Saint-Germain in the French League, and also plays with the Moroccan national team.
The pictures published by “FIFA” show the sportsmanship and sense of camaraderie between the players, who met in several situations during the match to support each other. At the end of the historic match, Mbappe celebrated the victory wearing Hakimi’s red and green shirt.
FIFA published a picture of Mbappe attached to the Moroccan flag.
After the victory of the French national team, Mbappe wrote to Hakimi on Twitter: “Do not be sad, brother. Everyone is proud of your achievements. You made history.”
The defense of the Moroccan national team was one of the stars of the World Cup Qatar 2022 in football, imposing a steel dam in front of global attackers from the group stage to the knockout rounds, but in the sixth match it was burdened by injuries and the realism of France to acquiesce and bid farewell from the semi-final.
The leading defense poles, Roman Sayes and Nayef Akrad, along with the full-backs Naseer Mazraoui and Hakimi, formed a wonderful wall in front of the brilliant goalkeeper Yassin Bounou, according to an AFP report.
The French national team qualified for the World Cup final after beating its Moroccan counterpart with two unanswered goals.
Theo Hernandez (5) and substitute Randall Kolo Mwani (79) scored the goals of France, which will meet in the final match next Sunday at Lusail Stadium with Argentina, which defeated runner-up Croatia 3-0 on Tuesday, while Morocco will play the third-place match against Croatia on Saturday.
The French seemed more defense-oriented in this match, taking advantage of counter-attacks, but the Moroccans intensified the pressure since the beginning of the second half, hoping for an adjustment, and the French goalkeeper saved his net from almost achieved goals during several attacks.
The Moroccan national team played its previous matches in a defensive manner that relied on closing spaces and counter-attacks, which led them to play in the “golden square” of the World Cup for the first time in the history of Arab and African teams.