Hervé Renard was proud of his Morocco side after they once more demonstrated their ability to play football the right way after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Portugal made them the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup
The Atlas Lions did not go out without a fight and they created enough chances to earn at least a draw at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday with new Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio having to produce a superb one-handed save to deny Younes Belhanda’s header.
An early Cristiano Ronaldo header in the fourth minute of the game was enough to secure Portugal the win with Morocco having now lost their opening two group games in their past three World Cup appearances (1970, 1994 & 2018).
However, Renard was left discontent with the referee for having failed to award them a penalty after Portugal defender Pepe made contact with the ball with his hand in the penalty area in the 85th minute of the game.
“You have to look at number 3 (Pepe) in slow motion, I think everything is said,” said the Frenchman, according to Morocco World News.
Nevertheless, the 49-year-old was clearly proud of his team.
“We are a team that plays football, we demonstrated it again,” said an emotional Renard.
Moroccan striker Nordin Amrabat was named man-of-the-match for his display with Morocco set to play their final World Cup game against Spain on June 25.