Morocco first African team to play in semi-final of World Cup

Morocco first African team to play in semi-final of World Cup

Morocco is the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Youssef En-first-half Nesyri’s header proved to be the game-winning goal against Portugal on Saturday.

En-Nesyri took advantage of a mistake by Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa to score a historic goal for not only Walid Regragui’s team, but the entire African continent.

Even the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was once again left on the bench by his manager Fernando Santos, in the 51st minute could not spark a Portugal comeback, as Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar and Goncalo Ramos and Bernardo Silva both missed good chances.

Late on, Morocco required heroics from goalkeeper Bono who saved from Joao Felix and Ronaldo while Pepe missed a sitter in the final minute of eight in stoppage time – which also saw substitute striker Walid Cheddira sent off for two quickfire yellow cards.

Morocco’s shock run to the last four – which has seen them beat Belgium, Spain and Portugal and concede just one own goal in five World Cup matches – sets up a semi-final clash with the winner of England and France’s blockbuster quarter-final.

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