World Cup 2022: Morocco stuns Portugal in quarterfinals, advance to semifinals for first time
The Cinderella story continues at World Cup .
Morocco defeated Portugal in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning, 1-0. Morocco will play the winner in the quarterfinal match England and France.
Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Morocco and Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium on December 10, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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It’s the first time an African country has reached the semifinal stage. Cameroon and Senegal were the previous African countries to reach quarterfinals.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was benched for the second consecutive game, coming in as a sub in the 51st minute. A group too united to allow external forces to break it down,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post. “A nation that is too strong to be scared by any opponent. A team that will fight for the dream to the end, in the truest sense. We are confident! Go ahead, Portugal! “
Portugal’s forward #07 Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between Morocco and Portugal at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 10, 2022.
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After a few early chances, Morocco shockingly took the lead before halftime on a header by Youssef En-Nesyri in the 42nd minute.
Morocco’s defense took it the rest of the way, frustrating Portugal, who were unable to put a ball in the back of the net. The defense of Morocco has been outstanding throughout the World Cup. They allowed only one goal, an own goal against Canada during the group stages.
In their match against Switzerland in the Round of 16, Portugal scored six times.
Morocco’s forward #19 Youssef En-Nesyri (R) celebrates with Morocco’s defender #02 Achraf Hakimi after scoring the opening goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between Morocco and Portugal at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 10, 2022.
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Against Portugal, Morocco allowed 12 shots, with just three being on goal.
Morocco will look to continue its incredible run at the World Cup on December 14th against either England or France.
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