|Morocco vs Portugal Highlights: Morocco attain historic semis, knock Portugal out of the World Cup | Football News|
Morocco prolonged their dream run in Qatar and have become the primary staff from Africa ever to achieve the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup with the win.
Youssef En-Nesyri’s towering header within the forty second minute was sufficient for the North African facet to ship the previous European champions Portugal out of the quadrennial event.
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Portugal began with Ronaldo on the bench once more, however introduced him on early within the second half after trailing 0-1 on the halftime break. But the resilient Morocco defended with all they needed to change the slender lead right into a profitable one. Morocco had been down by a person in stoppage time when Walid Cheddira was despatched off after getting two yellow playing cards in a minute, however with lower than 5 minutes left within the contest Portugal did not make the most of the scenario.
Morocco will now face the winners of the final quarter-final between England and France within the final 4 levels on Thursday.
En-Nesyri leapt excessive within the air to go dwelling the sport’s solely aim simply earlier than half-time on the Al-Thumama Stadium to strike a major blow in opposition to soccer’s established order.
The consequence shall be extensively celebrated throughout Africa and the Arabic-speaking Middle East, determined to see one in all their groups in competition for the largest prize in soccer.
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Morocco had already taken the scalps of Belgium and Spain on this event however the win over Portugal is of a lot larger significance.
It was additionally one in all Morocco’s higher performances in Qatar, stuffed with decided defending and canny counters, preserving at bay a group of world stars regardless of dropping key defender Nayef Aguerd to harm earlier than the match and his again 4 accomplice and captain Romain Saiss early within the second half.
Portugal will see it as a missed alternative in opposition to the lowest-ranked facet left within the event and a disappointing curtain name for the 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.
Morocco, once more noisily inspired by the vast majority of the 44,198-strong crowd, mentioned they had been fatigued after their last-16 success over Spain and instantly went into defensive mode as Portugal attacked from the outset.
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A fourth-minute free kick for Portugal from broad on the suitable was swung into the penalty space, and met by Joao Felix’s diving header, producing a nice save from Yassine Bounou.
But the provision shortly dried up thereafter as Morocco closed the passing lanes and pissed off the Portuguese attackers.
Joao Felix had two extra half probabilities within the first half however Morocco gained in confidence and located a sudden spring of their step, steadily breaking on the counter assault.
Left again Yahya Attiat-Allah made a number of surging runs down the flank, presenting Selim Amallah with a great likelihood within the thirty fifth minute, which he was unable to transform.
But seven minutes later, a excessive ball from the fullback into the Portuguese field was met by a towering header from En-Nesyri, outjumping each goalkeeper Diogo Costa and defender Ruben Dias at hand Morocco the lead.
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Portuguese frustration was evident as they swarmed the Argentine referee Facundo Tello on the finish of the primary half, complaining that a number of penalty appeals had been turned down.
Morocco got here near a second aim 4 minutes into the second half as Jawad El Yamiq obtained a contact to Hakim Ziyech’s in-swinging free kick however Costa was in place this time to dam.
Ronaldo’s entry within the 51st minute was met with a loud refrain of jeers, however he did inject a brand new power into the Portugal facet for whom Goncalo Ramos, the hat-trick hero of their 6-1 win over Switzerland within the earlier spherical, missed with a close-in header within the 58th minute.
Bruno Fernandes hit excessive of the crossbar 5 minutes later as Portugal threw extra into assault and Morocco started to take a seat deeper. Bounou saved once more from Joao Felix with seven minutes left.
Morocco’s Walid Cheddira was despatched off in stoppage time after receiving two yellow playing cards in fast succession.
But his facet, to the delight of their raucous assist, held out for a well-known victory.
(With inputs from companies)