Morocco become first African country in World Cup semi-final

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After defeating Portugal 1-0, Morocco became the first African nation to advance to the World Cup semifinals.

Morocco had their breakthrough in their crucial game against the Cristiano Ronaldo’s led Portugal after goalkeeper Diogo Costa mishandled the ball in the 42nd minute, Youssef En-Nesyri headed in Yahya Attiat-cross Allah’s to give Morocco the lead.

When the attacker was positioned between Ruben Dias and Pepe, two Portugal defenders, he displayed excellent centre-forward play by leaping highest to meet the cross and nod it in.

The Atlas Lions put up another strong defensive effort to keep the Portuguese at bay despite being under a lot of pressure from their opponents.

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The Moroccans kept their fourth clean sheet in five games by clearing everything that was thrown at them. That was when they consolidated their tactics after Yassine Bounou’s heroics in goal also helped.

The North Africans had limited possession of the ball, but they made use of it, keeping their structure despite the front three’s frequent tracking back to assist on defence.

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After numerous painful and unsuccessful tries, Morocco becomes the first African nation to ever advance to the World Cup semifinals thanks to the victory.

The Atlas Lions will take on the winner between France and England in the semi-finals.



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