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Hakimi features for Morocco in 1-0 loss to Argentina

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The Real Madrid loanee played a full 90

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Real Madrid Achraf Hakimi played the entire international friendly for Morocco against Argentina earlier on Tuesday. Argentina was eventually able to put the match to bed in the 83rd minute after Atletico’s Angel Correa’s goal.

Morocco’s manager Hervé Renard went with a 3-4-2-1 formation, where he started Hakimi in a left wingback role. Hakimi has been starting on the left side all season for both Morocco and Dortmund and he looks comfortable there.

There wasn’t a ton of highlights for either country outside of Correa’s goal, both sides had plenty of wasted and missed opportunities. The wind was exceedingly strong in Tangier, and it really affected ball control. Both sides also took a ton of fouls and several cards, likely due to the frustration with the high gusts.

Hakimi looked good, he did well defensively keeping Argentina’s attack stabilized. He also created a few chances, most notably a give and go with Celta’s Sofiane Boufal that was a good chance on goal.

Morocco and Argentina were even on shots on target, though it was clear Morocco were commanding possession and Hakimi was definitely a part of that. It was a bit of disappointment that Morocco lost because they played well and just missed their chances.

It certainly was a bit of a sloppy match because of the wind and just overall reckless play. Overall, it’s just a friendly and Hakimi has proven this season that he is a mainstay for both Morocco and eventually for Real Madrid when he returns from loan.