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Morocco Beat Portugal To Become First African World Cup Semifinalists

Morocco Beat Portugal To Become First African World Cup Semifinalists

Morocco became the first African nation to reach the World Cup semifinals after beating Portugal 1-0 on Saturday evening at the 2022 FIFA World Cup underway at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions also became the first Arab team to make the last four following Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half goal sealed the win.

Morocco took the lead in the 42nd minute through En-Nesyri’s header as they came on strong late in the first half.

Despite late pressure by the Portuguese, an injury-hit Morocco, without three of their four first-choice defenders once skipper Romain Saiss was forced off, hung on despite being reduced to 10 men in added time. Moroccan coach Walid Regragui said:

We came up against a really great Portugal team. We’re drawing on all we have, we still have guys injured.

I told the guys before the match we had to write history for Africa. I’m very, very happy.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was sent on early in the second half by coach Fernando Santos but could not rescue the Euro 2016 winners.

Before the victory over Portugal, Morocco had already beaten other European football powerhouses, that is, Belgium and Spain, on penalties, in Qatar.

Walid Regragui’s men will face holders France in the semifinals at Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday. | SuperSport

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33 Comments

African 1 month ago

Well done Morocco! Y'all made us proud.


Abx 1 month ago

Famba africa chitanda chinogona kuuya kuno cz France inofa

NHUBU 1 month ago

are they Africans?????


thrasher 1 month ago

yes 😂same as Egyptians

.. 1 month ago

They are Arabs

1 month ago

@Nhubu, they will be very cross with you if you call them Africans. They look at themselves as Arabs first. And remember that at one point they actually applied for EU membership.

Only when it's convenient for them do they align themselves with Africa

monya 1 month ago

they call themselves Arabs not Africans that's why muchiona muteam mavo musina kana munhu aneganda reBlack

Bright 1 month ago

Ukuti mai iwwe vatori ma neighbor e Spain 30 km adzisvike kubva mumorroco kupinda mu Spain

mthwakazi ka ndaba 1 month ago

France / England zidlale njan izolo ebusuku


African 1 month ago

France won by 2 goals to 1.

Babalao 1 month ago

Morocco mushonga unouraya maEuropeans Countries ipapo ipapo. France Next.


African 1 month ago

Funny question. But well, ofcourse they are.


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wachani wachani 1 month ago

Go Africa woyeeee


Dofo 1 month ago

I Like Unity yevanhu vebhora now Yu support Africa if only we could do that even muma economy edu by now tingadai tavakumberi


Dispatch🔰 1 month ago

France are the Africans not those racists Arabs ..


NHUBU 1 month ago

kkkkkk

Sure 1 month ago

But wataura chokwadi

paFrance havabude 1 month ago

ndinobheja hupenyu hwangu

1 month ago

Taura hako @Dispatch France has got a more African flavour than those Afro-Arabs Ask black people who have been to Morocco Egypt Tunisia and Algeria and they will tell you how racist those people are Remember years ago when our world cup qualifier was replayed at a neutral venue(France) after violence in Egypt and we knocked them out They peddled false media reports back in Egypt saying Zimbos lived in the hills with baboons I would celebrate if it was Ghana Cameron or Senegal qualifying for the semi-finals

Zimyouth 1 month ago

True, the French team is very African. No matter where you come from, as long as you are a Black man, you're an African.

luke 1 month ago

Africans, anaMpappe naanaDembele!!! Kkkk.


changah 1 month ago

Morocco thanks for your achievement .. unfortunately by you meet with France .France is one of the big and she defeat you extremely...thanks to raise our African flag for you to reach semi finals...shinga shinga but l hate the language of morroco said haaas ma African


Hunter 1 month ago

these are not African but Arabs..


Nkust 1 month ago

Should have said havasi ma blacks,,,,, yes they are not blacks but to be African now it's geography just like if Eddie Cross says I am not black yes it's true but he is African geographically


ibad 1 month ago

i hate those Arabs...they are characterized by hate speech


1 month ago

Arab Africa vs (black political Africans who barns football like Zimbabwe corruption centred its shameful to be rejected by brothers)


Zelensky 1 month ago

Our African teams were booted out , They are Geographical located in Africa but they aren't Africans , they are Arabs .


1 month ago

What are Africans.. Z black skin.?


Mdala wethu 1 month ago

Africans are people who live in African continent

C10 1 month ago

Wrong minds think AFRICANS AS BACK.
FOR YO OWN INFO NO PERSON IS BLACK IN COLOR.
No person is white
Morocco is African. PERIOD


baba dee 1 month ago

haaa I'm not impressed,Morocco must fall kkkkkk dai yaa iri Ghana,Senegal or Cameroon ndaipembera coz ndoo maOriginal Africans.Apa haipabude apa.


The Truth 1 month ago

Haaa Morocco haasi ma Africans ayo haa hapana hapana apo ma zimbo you are very good at claiming hee ngana ndewedu ngana ndewedu ma arab iwayo manje hauone support yavainayo ku Qatar ikoko???unoti iwewe that would be the same dai iri team Zimba?????


jmp 1 month ago

mochingouraya France mobva mapinda final
famba Morroco



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