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Morocco boss: We can leave with our heads held high

Portugal v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Morocco head coach Herve Renard was proud of his side’s battling displays against both Portugal and Spain and he feels that they can leave the World Cup “with our heads held high”

The Lions of the Atlas again defied expectations against one of the big favourites for glory at Russia with Khalid Boutaib and Youssef En-Nesyri twice giving Morocco an unexpected lead at Kaliningrad.

However, Renard’s side were forced to settle for a draw after Iago Aspas scored a controversial stoppage-time equaliser that referee Ravshan Irmatov had initially disallowed before later retracting his decision after a VAR review.

“Of course we wanted to win today. We’ve done everything we could today. It was a good experience for us” said Renard, according to FourFourTwo.

“Portugal and Spain are the two best teams in the world but we presented our team at the World Cup very well. We’re leaving Russia with our heads held high.”

The French coach added that both his players and the fans should be proud of what was accomplished at Russia.

“We learned that we can play at a very high level. You should be proud of all our players. This is something that I will always remember,” added Renard.

Morocco ended their World Cup campaign with a solitary point in Group B and finished in fourth place.