Abdelhak Nouri: Morocco Players Dedicate Victory Over Spain to Bedridden Ajax Prodigy
- The Moroccan national team have dedicated their round of 16 win over Spain to former Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri
- Abdelhak Nouri's career was cut short after suffering cardiac arrest and subsequently falling into coma
- The former Ajax midfielder was born in the Netherlands to Moroccan parents and represented the Europeans at youth levels
Players of Morocco celebrated their victory over Spain at the World Cup in Qatar by paying tribute to Abdelhak Nouri.
The Atlas Lions beat the 2010 world champions on penalties to advance to the last eight of the tournament.
After the match, the players who were celebrating wildly took a moment to remember Dutch-born Moroccan Abdelhak Nouri.
Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest in 2017 while playing for Ajax in a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen.
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The midfielder was revived on the pitch and rushed to the hospital, but it was later revealed he suffered a serious and permanent brain damage. The former Ajax player spent over a year in coma.
The Moroccan players led by former teammate Hakim Ziyech dedicated the victory to the bedridden player.
In a video that has since gone viral on social media, the players lifted the 34 jersey of Nouri to express their support for him.
Meanwhile, Morocco will face Portugal in the quarterfinal after the 2016 European champions thrashed Switzerland in the round of 16.
Morocco became the fourth country from the continent to reach the last eight of the World Cup.
Achraf Hakimi celebrates Morocco's victory
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Achraf Hakimi has described Morocco's victory over Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup as unbelievable.
The Paris Saint Germain right-back scored the winning penalty to send the North Africans into the last eight of the tournament in Qatar.
Hakimi took to social media to express his feelings following the heroic performance of the Atlas Lions.
Samuel Eto'o congratulates Morocco
The President of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o has congratulated Morocco for becoming the fourth African country to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The Atlas Lions stunned 2010 champions Spain to reach the last eight after a penalty shootout victory on Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was Morocco's hero after saving two kicks with Achraf Hakimi putting the icing on the cake with an expertly taken penalty.