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Ronaldinho compliments Morocco's Raja Casablanca

Former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho praises the performance of Raja Casablanca football team during the Club World Cup

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 19 Dec 2013
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Atletico Mineiro's Ronaldinho celebrates and dances after his goal against Raja Casablanca during their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final soccer match at Marrakech stadium December 18, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Brazil's Atletico Mineiro Ronaldinho revealed that Morocco's Raja Casablanca managed to score all the chances they obtained during the 3-1 win over his team in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup in Morocco on Wednesday.

Raja Casablanca scored twice in the last 10 minutes to stun Brazil's Atletico Mineiro 3-1 and earn a place in the final against Bayern Munich.

Mohaine Moutaouali fired home a controversial penalty in the 83rd minute and Vivien Mabide wrapped it up in stoppage time with a breakaway goal amid chaotic scenes.

Mouhssine Iajour had given Raja, who qualified as champions of host nation Morocco, the lead early in the second half before Ronaldinho curled a free kick in off the post to level for the South American champions.

"The game against Raja was a steadiness one as the two sides played well while the hosts managed to score all their chances," Ronaldinho told Al-Jazeera Sport in a pitch-side interview.

"The fans' support helped Raja win the game," the former Barcelona and AC Milan star added.

Brazil's Atletico Mineiro will face China's Guangzhou Evergrande in the bronze medal decider on Saturday.

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