Morocco knocks Portugal out of World Cup, 1st African nation to advance to semi-finals

History was made.

Syahindah Ishak | December 11, 2022, 01:30 AM

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History was made as Morocco advanced to the World Cup semi-finals after defeating Portugal 1-0 on Dec. 11 (Singapore time).

This is the first time in history an African nation and a country with Arabic heritage has managed to advance to the semi-finals of a World Cup tournament.

Morocco 1-0 Portugal

Morocco took the lead in the first half of the game, with a towering header from forward Youssef En-Nesyri.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has probably played his last ever World Cup match, did not start for Portugal in this game.

He was subbed on in the second half, at 51 minutes.

But aside from one fierce shot on goal that was saved by Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bonou, he did little of note.

Morocco maintained their lead throughout the second half, even when they were down to only 10 men, after striker Walid Cheddira earned himself a second yellow card.

Portugal had several chances on goal in stoppage time, but they were unable to find the back of the net.

With this loss, Portugal has been eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Morocco will face either England or France in the semi-finals.

Top images via FIFA World Cup/Twitter & GOAL/Twitter.