Cristiano Ronaldo is on the substitute bench by technical decision. Portugal had been playing a regular match, however, Morocco took the lead in the frame with a goal from En-Nesyri, who scored the first with a header. This annotation evidently did not go down well on the substitute bench of the ‘Lusos’, so much so that Cristiano Ronaldo showed his worried face.
Morocco 1-0 Portugal: summary
Morocco made history by reaching the semifinals of the World Cup, becoming the first African team to reach the semifinals of this competition, after beating 1-0 against Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo, this Saturday in Doha.
A goal from Youssef En-Nesyri (42) allowed this historic day for the Moroccans, who also became the first Arab country to reach the penultimate round of a World Cup.
The team coached by Walid Regragui, Spain’s executioner on penalties in the round of 16 of the tournament, continues its spectacular path in Qatar and will face the winner of the duel between France and England this Saturday for a place in the final.
Morocco, which finished with ten due to the expulsion of Walid Cheddira (90+3), once again asserted its defensive strength and its quick counterattacks, against a Portuguese team, in which Cristiano Ronaldo again saw the start of the match from the bench .
Joao Félix warned first with a header shot after a free kick that forced goalkeeper Yassine Bounou ‘Bono’ (5) to stretch.
The Portuguese striker would once again give the large Moroccan fans a scare with a shot from the front that was deflected by a defender over the crossbar (30).
Portugalas Spain already did, became the master of the ball and the game against a Moroccan team, comfortable without the ball and well withdrawn back, hoping to do damage with quick exits.
In one of these counterattacks, Selim Amallah received in the heart of the area, but his shot went high (34).
The last quarter of an hour of the first part were the best minutes for the ‘Atlas Lions’, who were able to take the lead with another shot from Sofiane Boufal saved by Diogo Costa (35).
Near the break, a new arrival from the left ended with a cross into the area where En-Nesyri rose before Diogo Costa’s poor start to head into the bottom of the Portuguese nets (42) to the delight of the Moroccan fans.
Ahead on the scoreboard, Morocco put the bolt even more against a Portugalwho after the break launched with everything towards the opposite goal, locking the North Africans in their field.
The Portuguese coach Fernando Santos brought on Cristiano Ronaldo for Ruben Neves and Joao Cancelo for Raphael Guerreiro (51) to add more bite to his attack.
Cristiano Ronaldo, by the way, added a new record in his career by playing his 196th match with the shield of Portugal and equal the world record for international team matches held by the Kuwaiti Bader al-Mutawa.
The second half was a continuous siege of Portugal to the opposite area where Morocco reduced balls, after losing their captain Romain Saiss (57), one of their main defensive bastions, due to injury.
The young Portuguese striker Gonçalo Ramos, the hero of the victory over Switzerland in the round of 16, equalized with a header that went just wide (58).
Portugal He came from the wings to put balls into the area, where Cristiano Ronaldo stood up in the middle of a tangle of players in search of the ball to make the tie.
The Portuguese star created a great opportunity by leaving a ball at the top of the area for Joao Félix whose shot met with a good response from Bono (82), who once again established himself as the support of his team at various times.
The Moroccan goalkeeper would appear again to stop a low shot from Cristiano Ronaldo (90) in what was the last clear chance to reverse the result.
In the last minutes of discount, Morocco was left with ten due to the departure of Cheddira due to a double yellow (90+3), but he would manage to hold on until completing the feat and continue his path as giant killers in Qatar.
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