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An extraordinary achievement considering that moroccan national team is in a group with teams like Croatia, Belgium and Canada.
Reports by Ade Yusuf Satria and Hendry Wibowo from Qatar The name of the Moroccan national team coach, Walid Reragui , is one of the tacticians who stole the attention at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Because he succeeded in bringing the Moroccan national team to the top of Group F.
Now in the quarter-finals, moroccan national team will face Spain. “It’s not an easy achievement to break into the Moroccan national team top 16,” said Walid Regrarui.
“But when you have the moroccan national team chance to make history, you remember it,” continued the French-born coach.
History has indeed been written. Because for the first time since 1986, the Moroccan national team has again qualified for the round of 16.
But did you know that the Moroccan national team figure of Walid Reragui actually coached an Indonesian player who performed in the Qatar League, Khuwailid Mustafa.
According to Khuwailid’s father, Mustafa Ibrahim, while being coached by Walid, Khuwailid felt the title of winning the highest caste Qatar League.
“Khuwailid was trained by Walid in the moroccan national team 2019/2022 season on the Al-Duhail team. At the end of the season, Al-Duhail came out as champions,” Mustafa.
When he won the Qatar Stars League 2019/2020, Walid brought Al-Duhail to become the moroccan national team champion with only one point gap from Al-Rayyan.
At that time Al-Duhail was strengthened by many star players such as Edmilson Junior, Medhi Benatia to Mario Mandzukic. Moroccan national team
Khuwailid himself had joined Al-Duhail since he was ten years old. Starting from the Moroccan national team 2020/2021 season, he moved to Qatar SC.
“In order to catch the Moroccan national team difficult minutes at Al-Duhail, Khuwailid is now strengthening Qatar SC,” said his father.
The Netherlands national team will meet the United States (US) in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup . The duel between the two teams will be presented at the Khalifa International Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar, Saturday (3/12/2022) at 22.00 WIB.
De Oranje progressed to the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup after topping the final Group A standings with a collection of seven points. Meanwhile, the US is in runner-up position in Group B of the 2022 World Cup with a score of five points.
Considering that this encounter has already taken place in the knockout phase , of course the atmosphere will be like a life and death match. The Moroccan national team match is predicted to be very tight and exciting. The two teams will compete against each other to fight for a ticket to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Nevertheless, the Netherlands is superior to the United States in the last 16 matches of the 2022 World Cup . The reason is clear because De Oranje has high-class players like Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, and Virgil van Dijk.
In addition, judging by the record of meetings between the two Dutch teams, they are still superior. Of the Moroccan national team five matches that have been played, De Oranje has recorded four wins and only suffered one defeat.
It’s no exaggeration if the Netherlands is the favorite to win the duel later. This was stated by the living legend of PSM Makassar, Luciano Leandro. Luci predicts that De Oranje will eliminate the United States from the 2022 World Cup with a narrow score of 2-1.
“I’m sure the Netherlands will win 2-1, the strikers Gakpo and Frenkie de Jong will play very well. The defenders from the United States have to work extra hard to protect these two Dutch strikers. They are quite dangerous,” said Luciano Leandro to Bola.com, Friday (2). /12/2022) morning.
Even though they are the winner of the Netherlands, Luciano Leandro said that the match for the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup will not be easy for De Oranje’s troops. If you don’t want to slip up, Louis van Gaal’s team must remain vigilant. Moreover, the United States has a dangerous striker like Christian Pulisic.
“The match will be difficult where the Netherlands will need a lot of movement, fast passing and variety of play through the wings to overcome the good defensive system of the United States,” said Luciano Leandro.
According to him, the United States National Team will also fight it out for the sake of returning the Netherlands. Their motivation doubled following satisfactory results in the group phase.
Yes, throughout the preliminary round the team nicknamed The Yanks has not even lost. Of the three matches, the United States won one victory and two draws.
“The United States played very compactly, they left no space between their lines. A team that has yet to lose in the World Cup and conceded only one goal. However I see the Netherlands as the favorites in this game,” said the 56-year-old coach.
Cody Gakpo Becomes a Differentiator
Apart from Frenkie de Jong, Luciano Leandro predicts that young striker Cody Gakpo will be a goal contributor for the Netherlands. The slick performance throughout the preliminary round is believed to continue in the knockout phase later.
Yes, so far Gakpo is indeed shining. He appeared gacor by scoring three goals in three matches in the group phase. In fact, he is still quite young, namely 23 years. Now, Gakpo is competing in the top scorer list for the 2022 World Cup with Kylian Mbappe and Enner Valencia with three goals.
“He is a good young player. I am sure he will help his country achieve the best results in this year’s edition of the World Cup,” said Luciano Leandro.
Belanda (3-4-1-2): Andries Noppert; Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Daley Blind; Cody Gakpo; Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Amerika Serikat (4-3-3): Matt Turner; Sergino Dest, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah; Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic.
Trainer: Gregg Berhalter
The captain of the Argentina national team , Lionel Messi , will face another challenge that is no less difficult when he leads his team-mates against Australia in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup .
It’s not impossible, Lionel Messi and his friends will be stunned by the compact-defense game demonstrated by Australia to be able to create a surprise in Group D of the 2022 World Cup.
This is because a dense defense strategy combined with a quick counter-attack scheme has proven to be able to bring a number of teams that were initially underdogs to be a surprise at the 2022 World Cup.
Some of them are Japan, Morocco, and Australia. The teams that were initially only considered as cheerleaders at this event actually appeared astonishing to qualify for the top 16 phase.
Of course, Argentina must remain vigilant. The reason is, Australia, which had fallen in the first match against France with a score of 1-4, proved able to rise in the remaining two matches. They succeeded in overthrowing Tunisia and Denmark with an identical score, namely 1-0.
The Persela Lamongan legend who is currently working with PSKC Cimahi, Taufik Kasrun, believes that Australia will continue to maintain the style of play that was previously exhibited in the group stage phase.
According to Taufik, the first defeat by France was inseparable from the stage fright that infects the participating clubs every time they face their first match. Events like the 2022 World Cup are indeed not infrequently difficult for participants because they still have to grope around.
“In the first match against France, maybe there is a nervous factor that Australia has not been able to anticipate. There was a mental burden that ultimately made them lose a lot,” said Taufik when contacted by Bola.com , Friday (2/12/2022).
“After the second match, Australia was able to play more calmly, relaxed and was able to control everything. In the end, we were able to win against Tunisia and Denmark in a double match,” he continued.
Taufik said, Australia’s important key to dampen the Argentinian attack line, including one of them Lionel Messi, was to maintain his playing style in the group phase.
Because, if you only focus on La Pulga, the Albiceleste still have many players who are just as dangerous. In fact, from midfield, there are several figures who can break the deadlock.
“If you look at Australia, they don’t have star players. But they want to work hard. Coordination in implementing meeting defense is quite good. The counterattack is also good,” he said.
“Australia doesn’t have to stick close to Messi because all of Argentina’s attacking lines are dangerous. If you only mark Messi, Argentine players from the second-line can appear and be dangerous,” he added.
According to the captain of the U-19 Indonesia national team in the 2007 era, Messi’s role had indeed shifted. If when he was young he was a goal-hungry predator, now his job is to turn to being a leader.
Indeed, so far he has been able to score two goals for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup. However, Taufik believes that the former Barcelona player has more of a role as a leader and mentor in Argentina.
“Lionel Messi is more or less still one of Argentina’s key players. However, if you look at his contribution in the two matches, it is still not that obvious,” he said.
“Messi’s role is as a mentor and leader. Besides Otamendi, Messi is one of the senior players. Because his flying hours are the highest in the Argentina national team. His function is to guide young players, because he is the leader.
In addition to maintaining a playing style with tight defense and relying on counterattacks, the Socceroos must also have extraordinary fighting power to paralyze Argentina.
Taufik said, this aspect will be the difference. If they are able to use all of their abilities and appear crazy, the team from the Kangaroo Country has great potential to force Argentina to return home sooner.
“I think Australia should emulate Japan’s fighting spirit. They are annoying, they work hard, they have extraordinary fighting power, where they chase the ball. If Australia demonstrates that style, I think there is a chance to turn things around,” he concluded.
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