World Cup 2022: Morocco coach Regragui hails fans after Croatia draw

Published on: 24 November 2022

Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has praised fans for their support as they drew goalless with Croatia in their 2022 World Cup opener on Wednesday.

A well-drilled Morocco held the runners-up four years ago to a draw at Al Bayt Stadium.

Only four players from their final defeat by France in 2018 started this game and they lacked an attacking spark throughout, but came closest through Nikola Vlasic’s toe-poked effort. Morocco were impressive, but failed to create clear-cut opportunities.

"We feel that we are home and I am happy to be in Qatar."

"The Moroccan and Arab fans in the stands supported us and gave us strength when we felt tired," the former Wydad Casablanca boss said after the game.

Morocco's draw means African sides are yet to win a match at this year's World Cup after Senegal lost to the Netherlands and Tunisia held Denmark to a goalless draw on Monday and Tuesday respectiively.