Morocco 1-0 Portugal: History made as Cristiano dumped out

Morocco 1-0 Portugal: History made as Cristiano dumped out

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The African side are the first to ever qualify for the World Cup semis

Morocco became the first African team ever to reach the World Cup semi-finals with a remarkable victory over Croatia.

Youssef En-Nesyri netted the only goal of the game as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal came a-cropper.

The 37 year old striker walked off in tears at the end after coming off the bench but not finding a way to make a difference to level for his side.

Morocco stopper Yassine Bounou was at his very best to make some strong saves to deny the likes of Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes.

"We are becoming a team everyone loves because we are showing what we can achieve," said Morocco coach Walid Regragui.

"If you show the passion, heart and belief, you can succeed and my players have shown that. It is not a miracle - those in Europe might say it is, but we have beaten Portugal, Spain, Belgium and drawn against Croatia without conceding. That is the result of hard work.

"African and Arab teams work hard but we have made our people happy and proud. The whole continent is proud. When you watch Rocky Balboa, you want to support him and we are the Rocky of this World Cup."

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