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FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi sends message to France’s Kylian Mbappe ahead of semi-final clash

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Achraf Hakimi has sent a heartfelt message to Kylian Mbappe ahead of Morocco’s semi-final clash with France in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Both teams won their quarterfinals against Portugal and England respectively.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 11, 2022 14:14 IST

Hakimi and Mbappe are teammates at PSG (Courtesy: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi has sent a message to France forward Kylian Mbappe after both teams qualified for the semi-final stages of the World Cup in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions won their quarterfinal match against Portugal thanks to a goal from Youssef En-Nesyri in the 42nd minute. Despite going down to 10 men, Morocco held on against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co to become the first African nation to qualify for the final four stage in World Cup history.

France, on the other hand, defeated England in their quarterfinal match with goals from Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud either side of a Harry Kane penalty sealing the deal for the defending champions.

This has now setup a match between Morocco and France in the semi-finals which expected to be a high-class encounter in Qatar. Hakimi then took to social media to send a message to Mbappe ahead of the clash.

Both men are teammates at Paris Saint-Germain and the Moroccan right-back told the French forward that he would see him soon on the pitch.

“See you soon my Friend,” said Hakimi on Twitter.

Mbappe replied to the Tweet with three heart emojis.

The French forward also showed his admiration for his teammate after the Atlas Lions toppled Spain in the Round Of 16 stage on penalties. The decisive spotkick was taken by Hakimi, who hit a Paneka shot to send Morocco into the quartefinal.

Mbappe wrote the Moroccan star’s name in capital letters on Twitter.

“ACHRAF HAKIMI,” said Mbappe on Twitter.

Mbappe has been the star man for France in their bid to retain the World Cup in Qatar. The PSG forward has already scored five goals in the competition and has gone past the tally of legends like Pele, Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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