Morocco prolonged their dream sprint at the FIFA World Cup on Saturday as they out-understanding and out-fought Portugal in a 1-0 victory to grow to be the principle-ever African nation to reach the semi-finals thanks to a towering headed aim from Youssef En-Nesyri.
Within the 42nd minute, En-Nesyri leapt above the Portugal defenders to meet a Yahya Attiat-Allah foul, getting only ample of his head to the ball to tip it past goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who misinterpret its flight and crashed into his have defender.
Meanwhile, Portugal struggled to interrupt thru the Moroccan defence, Bruno Fernandes coming closest with a shot off the bar rapidly after Morocco’s aim.
Cristiano Ronaldo got right here off the bench six minutes after the rupture nevertheless turned into once unable to relieve his group retain far flung from defeat, with Morocco coming out because the winner to seal a semi-closing showdown with either England or France, who play afterward Saturday.
Morocco’s Walid Cheddira turned into once sent off after receiving two yellow cards in lickety-split succession in beyond frequent time, that suggests he’ll jog over the semi-closing.