Youssef En-first-half Nesyri’s goal gave Morocco a suspenseful 1-0 victory over Portugal on Saturday at Al Thumama Stadium, making them the first African country to advance to the World Cup semifinals.
With a determined second-half effort, the Atlas Lions, who were also the first Arab team to reach the last four, added Portugal to their list of European victims.
After making an ineffective appearance as a second-half replacement and failing to net his first knockout-round goal in the tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo most likely played his final World Cup game.
Although Portugal struggled to produce many clear-cut chances as they lost their first World Cup quarterfinal, the North Africans clearly received some assistance from the partisan audience.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t salvage Portugal’s defeat as his entrance into the game at the second 45 minutes yielded no result.
After shocking Belgium and Spain on penalties in Qatar, it was another famous day for Morocco.
In the semifinal matchup at Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday, Walid Regragui’s team will take on either France or England.