NEWS Morocco beats Portugal to reach first African team to World Cup semi-finals

Morocco beats Portugal to reach first African team to World Cup semi-finals

Morocco made history by beating Portugal to become the first African nation ever to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The sounds you can hear are the celebrations in Marrakech, Casablanca and all of Morocco.

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Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header was enough for Morocco as they sat back to give Portugal plenty of possession, but Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar and another, Joao Felix and Cristiano Ronaldo (subs) Both were sent off in Morocco’s goal which was blocked by the excellent Yassine Bounou.

Substitute Walid Chedira was sent off for two yellow cards, but Morocco held out in unbelievable scenes as their fans went wild at the final whistle at the Al Thumama Stadium as They have now beaten Spain in the round of 16 and Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Morocco coach Walid Regraj, the first African coach ever to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, is now on his way to the semi-finals after a few months in charge of Morocco. The 22nd-ranked side in the world beat a star-studded Portugal side as Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch in tears at the final whistle as his final World Cup match was sure to end in bitter disappointment .

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As for Morocco, they will now face the winners of England against France in the World Cup semi-finals as the Atlas Lions keep four clean sheets in five games and go into the last four. Has unbelievable momentum.

The Intensity, Defiance and Faith Behind Atlas Lions Making History

Here’s how Morocco summed up the game in 90 minutes. Backed by Qatar’s huge following, they are a complete team and know exactly what they are doing every second of the game. Their talented players provide top-notch service when it counts, they’re smooth on the counter, and they’re well organized and hardworking. They had 27 percent possession and never really lost it in a game. They have heroes in their team and seem to fully believe they can beat Portugal. They did. made history.

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Sofian Amrabat: Another display of intensity, tough tackles and midfield leadership. What a game he was in.

yasimburnu: Well stopped Felix and kept another clean sheet.

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How to watch Morocco vs Portugal live, stream links and start time

start: Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. ET
stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
Spanish TV channels: telecommunications
Streaming in Spanish: Peacock (all 64 games)

Bunu’s save was awesome! He blocks Joao Felix’s shot from the edge of the box.

Superb counter from Morocco whenever possible. Their injured side is holding on. Just over 10 minutes of supervision time. Can they persevere and make history! ?

The second half was underway and Morocco came close to scoring a second point. Hakim Ziyech’s brilliant free-kick was saved by Diogo Costa and missed by all.

Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar from an absurd angle. Amazing goal from Bruno so close!

GOALLLL! Morocco leads. That is coming. Awesome header from Youssef En-Nesyri.

very close! Joao Felix’s shot was wide of the top corner, but it just flew past.

Morocco have been solid, but Portugal had a couple of first-half chances.

Key storylines that players will pay close attention to

Bunu – spelled Bono on his shirt – was brilliant in the penalty shootout, but the Moroccan defender limited Spain to a shot on goal. Romain Saiss was particularly good in the middle of the defence, while Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui excelled wide, forward and defensively.

Portugal have Goncalo Ramos in Cristiano Ronaldo’s starting XI, with the 21-year-old center forward scoring three goals and assisting one against Switzerland. Bruno Fernandes was brilliant for Portugal, while Ruben Neves and Rafael Leao played small roles and should be rested if Fernando Santos is seeking a World Cup title.

About Morocco

Current FIFA world ranking: 22
World Cup winners: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualify: Automatic qualification from CAF
Head Coach: Vahid Halihodzic
Key players: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saiss

facts about portugal

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup winners: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualification from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao canceled

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