Morocco finished fourth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Despite losing 2-1 to Croatia, the Atlas Lions demonstrated their class in the play-offs against the 2018 finalist. Josko Gvardiol gave Croatia the lead on seven minutes with a superb diving header, but Achraf Dari leveled just two minutes later with a close-range nod.
Three minutes before halftime, Mislav Orsic curled in a sumptuous second for Croatia via the post, and he followed up with a thumping, deflected drive into the sidenetting.
African teams in general have vastly improved, and some European teams have found it difficult to compete with them. Using the Atlas lions as an example, we can learn a lot about Africa.
1. Africa is competitive.
With the advancement of technology in football, Africa has adopted a new coaching and training strategy, which has increased competition at the highest level.
2. Backup from European coaches.
Football brings people of all races and nations together. Africa has been able to hire backup from European coaches due to a healthy relationship between Africa and other European nations, which has improved its understanding of tactics and players from different leagues.
3. Coaches' tactical understanding
With so many African players playing in various leagues around the world, African coaches have an easier time implementing their coaching philosophies. As a result, if the play is deep, players will easily stick to the pattern of the play.
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