beats Portugal 1-0, is in the semifinals

World Cup 2022, Morocco in history: beat Portugal 1-0, are in the semifinals (Photo by Youssef Loulidi/Fantasista/Getty Images)

(Adnkronos) – Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and flies to the semifinals: for the first time in the history of the tournament, an African national team lands among the bottom 4 of the World Cup. Morocco now participates in the winner of the match between France and England. Portugal went down for En-Nessry’s goal, scored in the 43rd minute, and were unable to straighten the situation in the second half despite the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, who started from the bench.

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THE MATCH – Portugal first ring in the 4th minute. Free kick from the right, Joao Felix headers diving and calls Bounou to save. Morocco responds in the 6th minute with En-Nesyri: corner from the left, header high. After the double blaze, the match becomes a chess game. Portugal weaves its network of passes in search of spaces that the North African selection does not allow. Portugal shows up in the 31st minute through Joao Felix, who misses the goal. Morocco relies on Ziyech’s accelerations on the right wing to try to sting. However, the first real chance came from an initiative by Boufal on the left: Amallah, served in the area, shoots for the stars.

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In the 43rd minute Morocco took the lead. Attiyat Allah runs to the left and crosses, En-Nessry takes off and heads up where goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s hands cannot reach: winning dunk, 1-0. Portugal reacted immediately with a feat by Bruno Fernandes: right-footed shot from a tight angle, poisonous parable and full crossbar. The match is completely ‘uncorked’, there is not a moment’s pause until the interval: Portugal claims a penalty for a contact between Hakimi and Bruno Fernandes, on the other side Attiyat Allah wastes the chance to double. At the start of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo’s match began, thrown into the fray with Cancelo. The Lusitanian pressure increases, in the 58th minute Ramos – invisible for an hour – has the chance of an equalizer on his head: wrong aim, Morocco is saved.

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It is played in only one half of the pitch, in the 63rd minute Bruno Fernandes can kick from the edge of the area: high right footed shot. In the last portion of the match, there was also room for Leao in a totally offensive Lusitanian formation. Morocco comes out of the bunker in the 75th minute with a rare restart, Cheddira bungles and the action evaporates. In the 82nd minute Joao Felix combines with CR7 and shoots with his left foot, Bounou flies and deflects. In the 91st minute Cristiano Ronaldo tries, CR7’s right foot does not surprise the goalkeeper. In the 97th minute, last chance on Pepe’s head: from 3 meters the veteran misses the goal. The Atlas Lions’ bunker holds up, Portugal doesn’t break through: Morocco wins, makes history and flies to the semifinals.

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