FIFA World Cup 2022, Quarter-Final: Morocco reach historic semis, knock Portugal out


Morocco became the first African team ever to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup after defeating Portugal 1-0 on Saturday.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header secured a historic win for Morocco, who will play defending champions France or England for a place in the final.

Morocco has surpassed the three other African sides to reach the quarter-finals — Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

¬†This was Morocco’s first-ever knockout stage goal. Cristiano Ronaldo would enter the game in the second half. The second half was even more of a defensive battle by both teams.

Portugal was able to get a few shots on the net including one in extra time by Cristiano Ronaldo but nothing went through. Walid Cheddira got a red card in extra time. Morocco held on to win 1-0.