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Khadrouf eager to avoid further echoes of 2014

  • Abdeladim Khadrouf is showing at his 2nd FIFA Club World Cup
  • His Wydad facet misplaced out to Pachuca after additional time on Saturday
  • The play-off for 5th position gives a possibility for atonement 

Wydad Casablanca’s defeat via Mexican outfit Pachuca used to be a doubly sour tablet to swallow for Moroccan midfielder Abdeladim Khadrouf. While maximum of the Wydad avid gamers made their FIFA Club World Cup debuts within the sport, it marked Khadrouf’s 2nd look – and loss – within the pageant.

Three years in the past, on 10 December 2014, Khadrouf and his Moghreb Tetouan group suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak towards Auckland City within the opening fit of the 2014 version, on house turf in Morocco.

On Saturday night time, the 32-year-old installed a tireless shift earlier than being changed within the remaining minute of customary time. Consequently, he used to be powerless to do the rest however watch on from the substitutes’ bench when Victor Guzman headed house within the 112th minute, finishing Wydad’s resistance.

Despite the similarities between those two defeats, Khadrouf instructed FIFA.com after the stumble upon that, “the circumstances are different today. The mood isn’t the same as the first time that I was involved in the competition.”

Khadrouf – who lined each and every blade of grass all over his time at the pitch, operating 10.73 km – felt that Wydad deserved higher towards the CONCACAF champions.

“Luck wasn’t on our side today,” he stated. “We wasted a number of chances and the sending-off also hindered us. That’s football, though: we tried to get the win but failed.”

The midfield workhorse, who has been taking part in professionally since 2010 and joined Wydad remaining yr, may no longer lend a hand however shake his head from facet to facet when team-mate Zouhair Laaroubi’s web used to be rippled via Guzman’s header.

“It’s tough to lose because we wanted to go far in the competition,” he stated. “That reaction was only natural after all our effort. We looked to hit them on the break after going down to ten men. We came close to taking it to penalties, where it would’ve been a toss-up. The result is pretty tough to take.”

An opportunity to head house on a prime
Khadrouf’s Moghreb completed in remaining spot on the 2014 version, a destiny that he and Wydad can be determined to avoid on Tuesday, after they tackle Urawa Red Diamonds within the play-off for 5th position at Al Ain’s Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. As the midfielder defined, “We were targeting better than fifth place, but we’re going to try to win to salvage some pride for the team and Moroccan football. We’ve got to prove that today’s defeat was down to bad luck.”

The veteran, who used to be born within the coastal town of Mohammedia, in north-west Morocco, signed off via paying tribute to the Wydad supporters, who endured to make their presence felt proper down to the overall whistle of the Pachuca sport.

“Our fans believe in us because they know what the team is capable of,” he concluded. “We’ll be extra motivated to win the next match so we can dedicate the victory to them.”

If Wydad do emerge victorious on Tuesday, it is going to no less than move a way in opposition to exorcising the painful demons of 2014 for Khadrouf.

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