Morocco’s Under 17 football team secured a memorable spot in the quarterfinals on Tuesday November 21 at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia.
The lion club played Iran at the Gelora Bung Tomo stadium in Surabaya, east of the capital Jakarta.
Iran’s Esmaeil Gholizadeh opened the scoring sheet in the 73rd minute but Nassim Azaouzi hope for Morocco rose when he scored in time added (90+4) minute.
Morocco ultimately won the game 4-1 on penalty shoot-outs.
The November 25’s fixture will be Morocco’s very first quarter-final in the U-17 World Cup.
Morocco will play against Mali on 19:00 (UTC+7) Manahan Arena.
On the opposite side, The Eaglets of Mali also destroyed Mexico 5-0 on November 21 to reach at the quarter finals. Concacaf champions Mexico couldn’t stop Soumaila Coulibaly’s team as they were relentless ready.
Midfielder Barry scored two times (8), (13), whilst Striker Diarra scored in the 15th minute, fellow forward Kanate score a penalty in the 37-minute. Midfielder Martial Tia scored the last goal in the 50th minute.
Meanwhile, Morocco beat Mali 6-5 during the U-17 AFCON semifinal back in March 2023. Subsequently, this game is expected to be a tough one.
Morocco will look to further make history as Mali seek to play its second final in the competition. The remaining African team, Senegal which is also AFCON champion will play France on Wednesday November 22.
The match will kick off at 19:00 (UTC+7).