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Morocco Becomes The First African Team To Qualify For World cup Semi-finals

At Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday, the Atlas Lions defeated Portugal to keep up their remarkable run in Qatar. The final score was 1-0. After claiming this win, Morocco made World Cup history by becoming the first African team in the competition's annals to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals.

The squad from Morocco captained by Walid Regragui advanced over Spain in the round of 16 thanks to a penalty shootout victory. Nevertheless, the fact that this success ensured that Morocco would go where no other African nation has gone before makes it an even more outstanding and significant accomplishment.

Youssef En-Nesyri had the honor of scoring what will be remembered as one of the most important goals in the annals of African football history when he hammered in a header just before halftime. This goal will be remembered as one of the most significant goals in the annals of African football history. This goal will go down in the annals of African football history as one of the most significant goals ever scored in the continent's game.

The majority of the second half was spent with Portugal applying pressure, and they even substituted in Cristiano Ronaldo after he had sat out the first half of the match. However, Portugal's efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, much to the delight of the Moroccan audience, who were in control of the game. It should not come as a surprise that Fernando Santos' squad began the match by controlling the action, but they were unable to generate any legitimate scoring opportunities.

Encouraged, Morocco appeared to be dangerous on the break, and the action picked up after the half-hour mark: Selim Amallah blasted a shot over the bar from Romain Saiss' cut-back, and the active Sofiane Boufal took a drive from 25 yards that was saved by Diogo Costa. Both of these attempts came after Morocco had already reached the half-hour mark.

Because of this, the Atlas Lions deserved to take the lead when Yahya Attiat-cross Allah's was headed in by En-Nesyri, who towered above Costa. En-Nesyri was the one who scored the point. After 42 minutes, this play was finally played Portugal continued to keep a watchful look out for a response.

Bruno Fernandes's effort at a dipping right-wing shot hit the crossbar, and he was not granted a penalty despite his claim that he was hauled back within the penalty area. The referee ruled that the play did not warrant a penalty. The entrance of Ronaldo into the match, which took place just before Azzedine Ounahi lost a promising chance, is often regarded as the moment when Portugal's complete and total control of the game really began.

However, Portugal didn't contribute much until late in the game, when Yassine Bounou made several vital saves against Joao Felix and Ronaldo. After that, Portugal started to produce more. In spite of the fact that Morocco's substitute Walid Cheddira was sent off in the last minute of stoppage time after getting two cards, Morocco bravely fought on for another vital triumph.

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