Morocco Makes World Cup History

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Morocco roared into the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 1-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

It was an historic feat to become the first African and Arab Nation to make it to the last four of the tournament.

This feat was more palatable given Morocco achieved this without losing or conceding – against Croatia, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Portugal found Morocco’s defence and positional discipline difficult to crack; as they continued with the best defensive record at this tournament.

Youseff En Nesyri was the hero as he took advantage of a miscue from Portugal’s goalkeeper Diogo Costa to head into the net following a cross from Attiat-Allah in the 42nd minute.

Portugal faced an uphill task in the second half as they came up against a very stubborn side that defended resolutely.

The Portuguese could not find a way past the Moroccans and even when they did Yassine Bounou was in the way.

Despite having the Lion share of possession, they threatened very little and even the introduction of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafeal Leao and Joao Cancelo couldn’t change the course of the encounter.

Morocco’s no nonsense defending also came with casualty as they lost their Captain Romain Siass to injury, while substitute forward Walid Cheddira got sent off for two reckless offences.

The Atlas Lions achieved this feat with Walid Regragui on the bench as the former Wydad Casablanca coach becomes the first African manager to lead a team to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

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