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Morocco Loses to Mali 1-0, Leaves FIFA U17 World Cup

Morocco’s journey at the FIFA U17 World Cup ended today, with the Atlas Lions losing 1-0 against Mali in the quarter-final of the FIFA U17 World Cup on Saturday.

The game took place in Manahan Stadium in Indonesia.

Mali’s U17 team started the game on a strong note. Despite the Atlas Lion’s staunch resistance, the Eagles managed to break through their defenses, with Ibrahim Diarra scoring the first goal in the match in the 81st minute.

The Atlas Lions started this year with strong momentum. Earlier this week, the team edged out Iran in penalties after a 1-1 draw in full-time.

This is now Morocco’s highest finish in the tournament’s history, having previously reached the round of 16 in the 2013 edition, where they were defeated by Cote d’Ivoire 1-2.

Morocco came out of the group stage with two victories and one loss. The Atlas Lions won over Panama 2-0 in the first match, lost to Ecuador 0-2, and bounced back to win against host country Indonesia 3-1 in the third match.

The team qualified for the knockout stage, ranking first in Group A with six points.

Source: Morocco World News