Surprise, celebration and madness at Al Thumama Stadium. Morocco’s soccer team made history on Saturday by becoming the first African and Arab representatives to reach the semifinals of a World Cup. The Moroccan team beat Portugal with a single goal.
Youssef En-Nesyri headed in the only goal of the game shortly before the end of the first half of the game to help his team into the top four in the world. He now waits for the winner of the match that England and France will play later on Saturday.
The madness in the stadium was inevitable by historic achievement. All the players shouted, they knelt down to give thanks according to their beliefs. Likewise, the effusive fans were seen for the achievement, while on the other hand the lamentation of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal was seen.
The Moroccan triumph will be widely celebrated in Africa and the Arabic-speaking Middle East, desperate to see one of their teams in contention for the World Cup. Morocco had already beaten Belgium in the first phase and eliminated Spain in the round of 16, but the victory over Portugal is much more important.
It was also one of Morocco’s best performances in Qatar, with determined defending and quick counter-attacks, keeping star-studded opponents at bay and despite losing defender Nayef Aguerd to injury before the game and his teammate in defense, Captain Romain Saiss, in the second part.
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