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‘This time for Africa’ – Morocco’s historic World Cup victory over Portugal hailed by pop star Shakira, as Chelsea legend Didier Drogba roars ‘long live Africa’ as the Lions Atlas reach the semi-finals

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Didier Drogba shouted ‘Vive l’Afrique’ after Morocco made World Cup history following their stunning 1-0 win over Portugal.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header proved to be the difference as the Atlas Lions became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals.

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

The Atlas Lions will now face either England or France for a place in the final

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The Atlas Lions will now face either England or France for a place in the final

Boss Walid Regragui only took the reins of Morocco at the end of August

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Boss Walid Regragui only took the reins of Morocco at the end of August

And we can’t say that Morocco doesn’t deserve to be in the last four after beating Belgium and Spain as well as Portugal.

Walid Regragui’s side also boast Qatar’s best defensive record to date, having conceded only once – an own goal in their 2-1 group stage win over Canada.

Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Drogba spoke lyrically about Morocco after the full-time whistle as he insisted their win was a win for all of Africa .

He tweeted: “That’s it, they did it!!!! Congratulations to Morocco for this achievement. Long live Africa.

“Walid Regragui’s brother is so happy for you.”

Pop star Shakira was quick to comment on Morocco’s victory, referencing her 2010 World Cup song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).

Morocco only conceded one goal at the World Cup in Qatar

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Morocco only conceded one goal at the World Cup in Qatar


She simply declared: “This time for Africa!!”

Meanwhile, 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil job: “Proud. What a team! What an achievement for the African continent and the Muslim world.

“It’s great to see that such a fairy tale is still possible in modern football – it will give so many people so much power and hope.”

Regragui dedicated the quarter-final victory to Africa, as he told beIN Sports: “Today, Africa is at the forefront.”

Morocco have now beaten Belgium, Spain and Portugal at the World Cup

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Morocco have now beaten Belgium, Spain and Portugal at the World Cup

Morocco will now face England or France in the semi-finals, where victory would see them face Argentina or Croatia in the final.

But they will be without Walid Cheddira following his dismissal for two early yellow cards, while skipper Romain Saiss is doubtful after leaving the pitch in tears with an injury.

Speaking after the game, midfielder Sofyan Amrabat told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s really amazing, I’m so proud.

“It’s like a dream – unbelievable that we are in the semi-finals. We deserve it, 1000% percent.

“How we fight, how we play, with our heart for our country for the people – it’s amazing.

“Our mind, we have injuries, three defenders have come on and how they defend, big respect.

“Respect everyone, the coach, the team, the staff. It was like we were playing at home, thanks for everyone.

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