Moroccan players collapsed to the ground as the final whistle blew on Wednesday night in Al Khor, exhausted by disappointment and physical strain. France had defeated them 2-0, but the Atlas Lions – the tournament’s monster killers – had fought tooth and nail with the current champions. In the midst of the French players’ exuberant celebrations, it was possible to see Kylian Mbappe, their star attacker, weaving through his teammates and leaning over Achraf Hakimi, a seasoned Moroccan defenseman and good friend. He helped the full-back to his feet before the two guys hugged.
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Kylian Mbappe Congratulate Hakimi for achieving history
France is currently trying to become the first team to defend its title since Brazil in 1962 successfully. However, after the final whistle at the Al Bayt Stadium, Mbappe rushed over to meet with Hakimi, one of the stars of Morocco’s march to the semi-finals, the first African team to accomplish so in the tournament’s history. The two footballers exchanged hugs and jerseys. Mbappe afterward congratulated Hakimi for achieving “history,” saying that everyone was proud of him.
“Don’t be sad bro, everyone is happy about what you achieved, you made history,” Mbappe wrote on Twitter.
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Mbappe has been one of the stars of the tournament in Qatar after being named the 2018 World Cup’s best young player. He shares the lead with Messi in scoring with five goals. He contributed to both of France’s goals against Morocco, including the second one, which Kolo Muani, an unmarked substitute, scored from close range after creating it with a dribble and shot.
Kylian Mbappe and Hakimi Friendship
Since Hakimi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021—where Mbappe also plays—a long-standing bond has developed. They frequently hang out together outside of football, including on a shared vacation to Spain.
When the possibility of Mbappe leaving PSG got brought up in the past, Hakimi defended him. “Having him by my side is a delight. In addition to being one of the best players in the world, he is also one of my friends. In April, Hakimi had told Telefoot, “I love him.
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