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By The Atlas Lions, Nov 27 2018 12:13PM

By Morocco World News


Having taken part in the entire match, Amine Harit scored the home team’s second goal in the 32nd minute.


It’s his first goal this season in the league. Following this score, Schalke took 14th place with 13 points. On Saturday, Schalke 04 defeated Nuremberg in the 12th round of the Bundesliga (5-2).


The 21-year-old Moroccan, an attacking midfielder, registered his name on the scoresheet as the Royal Blues secured their fourth league victory of the season.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 26 2018 12:32PM

Hans-Joachim Watzke said the Bundesliga club will try to land the Morocco international on a permanent deal from Real Madrid but warned: "It will not be easy."


Borussia Dortmund will attempt to secure loanee defender Achraf Hakimi on a permanent deal, according to club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.


The 20-year-old is on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and has made eight league appearances in Dortmund's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.


Watzke used a speech to his playing staff to welcome Paco Alcácer to the club after activating the option to purchase the Spain striker from Barcelona outright and stated his intent to follow up the deal with another one for Hakimi.


"Dear Paco Alcácer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund," said Watzke, who was speaking at the club's annual assembly.


"And Achraf Hakimi - we will try to do the same thing with you, even though it will not be easy."


Hakimi made nine league appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, scoring twice for the club then coached by Zinedine Zidane.


Since then, Julen Lopetegui's ill-fated spell in charge of Los Blancos has come and gone, and it is unclear whether his successor Santiago Solari will include Hakimi in his plans.


Morocco international Hakimi has made the left-back spot his own this season, limiting Raphael Guerreiro's opportunities in the first-team.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 21 2018 04:47PM

(Africanfootball.com) Morocco international Medhi Benatia has set his sights on clinching the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year (AFOTY) award.


The 31-year-old is part of a five-man shortlist that also includes Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).


Benatia played an integral role in helping Juventus to a seventh consecutive Serie A title, the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals and also scored a brace in the Old Lady's 4-0 win over AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final.


"I'd like to say that I am in this job to win titles. Personally, I am lucky to prepare every day and come to the training grounds to train with only one aim: to win," Benatia told BBC Sport.


“That's what makes me very happy. I have been in football for many years and I have learnt that the most important thing is not to participate but to win.


“So for me, a defender - it's rare for a defender to be nominated. So I'm very pleased. Of course, I have a special thought for all my educators, all my trainers who made me work, who made me progress every day.”


Benatia made a return to the Morocco national team this past weekend as the Atlas Lions booked their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 win over Cameroon.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 12 2018 09:48AM

Achraf Hakimi vs Bayern Munich:

All eyes were glued on “Der Klassiker” as the blockbuster match up in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund have started the season on fire, and going into the match led Bayern Munich by four points at the top of the table. Lucien Farve has done a nice job rotating the full backs and found himself with a selection headache heading into the match. Four quality options for two spots: Achraf, Schmelzer, Guerro, and Piszczek. Of those four, Achraf seems to be the undisputed starter and his versatility has only aided his ability to gobble up minutes, easily interchanging between left and right back. Against Bayern, Achraf was deployed as a left back— the same position that saw him produce a hat trick of assists against Atletico Madrid.


The first half, Borussia Dortmund were underwhelming with Lucien Farve making the strange decision to start Mario Gotze as a false nine and give Julien Weigl the nod over Delaney, who has started the season spectacularly. Bayern dominated possession in the opening half, but Dortmund found their way through Kovac’s men via the counter on a number of occasions. Defensively, Bayern Munich were a shambles all night long. Though, with Bayern’s strong possession game, Achraf had to be tuned in defensively. Franck Ribery was having a field day playing against Piszczek, which meant Achraf had to be prepared to defend from the weak side. This season, that has been one of Achraf’s best attributes; time and time again Achraf was well positioned on the weak side to intercept a cross or track an incisive run. Given their early dominance, Bayern did find a way to goal. Robert Lewandowski scored a free diving header after Serge Gnarby was given too much time and space by Achraf to curl in a cross, while young center back, Dan Axel-Zagadou, was caught ball watching, rather than tracking Lewandowski who had peeled off him to create separation and nod the ball home.


It must have been some team talk at half-time from Lucien Farve, as Dortmund shed their reserved style and attacked Bayern from all fronts. Achraf, who was quiet on the offensive end in the first half, exploded into life in the second half. He constantly bombed down the flank to provide an attacking option for his teammates and help fuel a counter attack with his blazing speed. Unlike Marcelo, Achraf has the speed and the engine to get back and cover the space he leaves behind making him less of a liability defensively, while still being able to maintain the same attacking mindset. Ultimately, Dortmund roared back in the second half, scoring three goal and winning what was a thoroughly entertaining match by a 3-2 score line.


Stats via WhoScored:


Key Passes: 2


Passes: 42 with 71.4% completion rate


Shots: 1


Tackles: 4 (joint top on team)


Clearances: 4


Aerial Duels Won: 2


Touches: 75 (3rd most on team)







By The Atlas Lions, Nov 9 2018 08:02AM

The Belgian outfit were set for a win courtesy the Morocco international's early opener but for a late pair of strikes


Mehdi Carcela scored as Standard Liege were defeated 2-1 by Krasnodar in Thursday's Europa League tie.


Liege started brightly with Carcela giving them a lead courtesy his 19th-minute strike.


However, when it looked like they would leave Russia with a victory, late strikes from Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov and Wanderson turned their fortunes around.


The goal was Carcela's fourth of the season and their loss to Murad Musayev’s men meant they remain unmoved in third place, with six points from four Group J games.



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