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Impressive Aguerd stars for Morocco

Nayef Aguerd showed he was back to full fitness as her made his debut for World Cup appearance for Morocco at central defence in the Qatar 0-9 draw earlier today.

It was his nation’s first appearance in the event as they kept a clean sheet against Croatia with the Hammers £30 million signing proving himself a key figure at the back.

The Kenitra-born Aguerd played a crucial part making an heroic block at the end of a goalless first half to deny Nikola Vlašić – currently on loan at the Hammers to Italian club Torino – who looked set to find the net before a vital intervention from the impressive Aguerd.

His showing in a defiant display saw Morocco take a valuable point from the 2018 World Cup runners-up, as the Atlas Lions made a good start to their aim to reach the World Cup knockout stages, for the first time since doing so in Mexico in 1986.

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