Atletico’s executioner in the 2013 Club World Cup semi-final, Raja Casablanca, from Morocco, has in fact become an ‘ally’ of Cruzeiro. This Friday (23), through their social networks, the Moroccan team congratulated the celestial club for accessing the Série A do Brasileiro.
“Raja congratulates the Cruzeiro brothers on their access to Serie A”, posted the club in the caption of a photo in which the shields of the two teams appear, side by side.
Considered an ‘underdog’, Raja Casablanca, representing the African continent in the Club World Cup, overcame his opponent’s favoritism and beat his rival 3-1 on December 18, 2013.
In that game, Mouhssine Iajour opened the scoring for Raja, but Galo equalized with a beautiful free kick by Ronaldinho Gaúcho. However, the African team had goals from Moutaouali (penalty) and Vivien Mabide to secure the victory.
Initially, the relationship between Raja and Cruzeiro started only due to the ‘mocking’ for the elimination of the arch-rival of the celestial team. However, over time, the clubs decided to increase their ties.
In March 2021, the two clubs announced a “digital partnership”, promoting more interactions between them through social media. Officially, the intention is to “increase the growth of the respective brands”.
“Both clubs have seen a significantly high level of engagement from Moroccan and Brazilian fans on their platforms over the years. With this partnership, the two clubs aim to further increase their visibility in both countries,” explained Raja at the launch. of the digital partnership between the teams.
Isolated leader of the Brazilian Series B, Cruzeiro mathematically confirmed access to the elite on Wednesday night (21), when they thrashed Vasco 3-0 at Mineirão.