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Morocco make history after beating Portugal to reach World Cup semi-final

After beating Portugal 1-0, Morocco became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

All three previous African sides that reached the quarter-finals were eliminated at this stage: Senegal 2002, Ghana 2010 and Cameroon 1990.

Morocco made a strong start, scoring just before the half-time break when Youssefen-Nesyri scored a goal to send him home.

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Morocco fans celebrate victory over Portugal

Portugal’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo was called on in the second period to assist with the search for an equaliser.

The Atlas Lions held their ground despite being under pressure for large portions of the second period. They had the chance to score a second in injury time.

In a matter of seconds, Walid Cheddira, forward for Morocco was issued two yellow cards. His side were forced to play with only 10 men.

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Image Morocco’s Jawad Al Yamiq celebrates
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Sky News’ Zein Jafar, who is currently in Qatar, stated during the second period: “Every shot from Morocco gets cheered, and every pass is applauded.”

“Fans of all ages are cheering on their team by grabbing one another and throwing their hands into the air. It’s a wonderful atmosphere in Lusail.

Ronaldo, a dejected man, left the pitch in tears as he made his descent down the tunnel.

Image: Ronaldo was in tears when he left the pitch. Pic: AP

Now, The focus is on England vs France

The world’s attention will now be on England’s quarterfinal match against France tonight, kick-off at 7pm.

Rishi Sunak, the French president, joked together on Twitter before the game.

Emmanuel Macron tweeted this: “Dear Rishi, I look forward to the game tonight. Les Bleus will win (they will!) We wish you all the best in the semi-final… right?”

The prime minister replied, “Hopefully I won’t have to. But you’ve got a deal.

“Look forward to seeing you behind the Three Lions during the next round.”


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