Morocco made historical past Saturday as the primary African workforce to succeed in a World Cup semifinal, defeating Portugal 1-0 to proceed its glowing run in Qatar.
Youssef En-Nesyri scored the sport’s solely aim, rising highest to go the ball into the web simply minutes earlier than halftime, whereas Morocco’s protection as soon as once more stored a clear sheet.
The Atlas Lions have change into one of many tales of the event, holding fellow semifinalist Croatia to a draw within the group stage, and defeating Belgium, Spain and now Portugal on their option to a semifinal
“Earlier than it was simply the Moroccans who supported us, now it’s the Africans and Arabs,” supervisor Walid Regragui stated earlier than the quarterfinal, referencing the electrical environment that has accompanied his workforce at each sport.
And the Al Thumama Stadium rang with cheers, drums and whistles on Saturday as if virtually a whole continent and area had been inside, witnessing their workforce make historical past.
Defeat for Portugal marked the top of what’s more likely to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup as even he couldn’t make a dent within the Morocco protection and was left in tears strolling down the tunnel after the ultimate whistle.
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