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Morocco stuns Portugal 1-0 to advance to first World Cup semi-final – NBC Chicago

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No need to wake up, Morocco. The dream in Qatar is still ongoing.

In another surprise, Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday.

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

The decisive goal came in the 42nd minute through Youssef En-Nesyri before the Moroccan defense carried the charge in the second half.

On a cross from Yahya Attiat-Allah, En-Nesyri floated above two Portuguese players – including goalkeeper Diogo Costa – to direct the ball into the back of the net.

Portugal had several good chances to score, especially in the 30th minute and the 82nd minute. Both occasions failed, however.

Portugal scored early and often in a 6-1 win over Switzerland in the round of 16, but they were blocked by the Moroccan defence.

Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t start again for Portugal, but was substituted in the 52nd minute, at the start of the second half.

With the match seemingly in progress, Morocco nearly ruined it in stoppage time. Second-half substitute Walid Cheddira received two yellow cards within moments for bad fouls, sending him to the bench and forcing Morocco out. a man for the last five minutes.

Despite some decent attempts, Portugal failed to score in eight minutes of stoppage time.

Only one goal has been scored against the Atlas Lions in five World Cup games – and that was against Canada in the group stage. This includes three penalty kicks against Spain in their round of 16 shootout victory.

Morocco will now face a third consecutive European power in the semi-finals, either England or France, who will meet in the final quarter-final at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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