Just under two and a half years ago, Morocco set off on a journey in which not only allowed them to achieve their primary objective, which was to make this year's World Cup finals - the mission has served them in other ways too. Hervé Renard took the team's reins in 2016 and since then, a side without a real, clear direction has managed to transform itself into one with character and ambition. The Atlas Lions have bowed out of the World Cup prematurely but with the satisfaction that their project is built on soild foundations. Morocco deserved more in Russia, no one will argue with that. Renard's squad will be going home with their heads held high and with the knowledge that the whole country is proud of them.
Morocco on the right path
Just as full-back Achraf pointed out in the days running up to last's night's final group match, for Morocco, their dignity was at stake against Spain. And that's exactly how they played. It's difficult to find words of consolation after such a quick exit - especially when you have waited 20 years to make the World Cup. But Morocco can take heart from last night's performance against Spain because it shows they are on the right path and everything they experienced in Russia should serve as another stage in their quest for success.
#MAR has outplayed every single team they’ve played in a group with Portugal and Spain and yet they’ll go home. What a showing! Chin up!— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) 25 June 2018
Morocco so unlucky at this World Cup... They’ve played well but are going home with just one point... Stick with Herve Renard and they could be sensational at the AFCON next year. #MAR— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) 25 June 2018