• NT: Moroccan National Football Team Arrives in Russia

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – The Moroccan national football team arrived in Russia on Sunday morning to begin the final round of preparations for 2018 World Cup in Russia, which will kick off on June 14.

    The Atlas Lions’ airplane took off from Tallinn to Russia after their final pre-World Cup friendly game against Estonia.

    Upon their arrival in Voronezh, a city 446 kilometer south of Moscow, the Moroccan team was welcomed by Moroccan Ambassador to Russia Abdelkader Lachheb.

    The Atlas Lions will now start their training sessions to face the hardest group in this year’s tournament: Group B, which includes Iean, Portugal and Spain.

    In a post-match conference following yesterday match against Estonia, Coach of the Moroccan team, Herve Renard, expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of some players during the second half.

    “I am happy for the first half, but we could not keep the pace, we had a bad second half. I also preferred to give a few players a chance. I am not satisfied with the performance of some of them,” said Renard.

    Despite his dissatisfaction, Renard stressed that his team is ready for the World Cup in Russia. It will be the team’s fifth World Cup appearance after 20 years of absence.

    Morocco will face Iran on June 15 in St. Petersburg. The Atlas Lions’ second game will be against Portugal on June 20 in Moscow. Morocco will play the last game in the first round of the World Cup against Spain on June 25 in Kaliningrad.

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