Morocco break new floor in changing into the primary African and Arab nation to ever attain the World Cup semi-finals.
Morocco’s outstanding World Cup marketing campaign has reached new heights after the Atlas Lions beat Portugal 1-0 to grow to be the primary Arab and African nation to ever attain the event’s semi-finals stage.
Youssef En Nesyri’s hovering Forty second-minute header proved the distinction for coach Walid Regragui’s facet, whose resolute defensive show on Saturday capped a outstanding displaying in Qatar which has now seen them play greater than seven hours of soccer with out conceding to an opposition participant.
Even Walid Cheddira’s pink card within the third minute of additional time couldn’t take the shine off their against-the-odds victory, which sparked an outpouring of pleasure among the many tens of 1000’s of Morocco followers packed contained in the Al Thumama Stadium.
Portugal, who had dominated the ball all through, proved unable to unlock their rivals’ backline regardless of all their possession and the summoning of record-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo from the substitutes bench shortly after half-time.
The five-time world participant of the yr is ready to complete his profession with out capturing the World Cup or ever attending to the ultimate, however his look off the bench did see him grow to be the joint all-time main appearance-maker in males’s worldwide soccer with 196 caps.
Morocco, whose unbelievable run has generated an outpouring of delight within the Arab world throughout the first World Cup to be staged within the Center East, will now face both England or France within the semi-finals on December 14.
Argentina and Croatia go head-to-head within the final 4 the day earlier than.
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