Morocco has continued its impressive run towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals after defeating Portugal in the quarter-finals 1-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium.
Moroccan striker En-Nesyri scored in the first half of the game, taking advantage of a mistake by Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The first half goal was enough to seal victory not just for Morocco but for the entire African continent as the country became the only African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.
Featured tour: Morocco, ranked 22nd in the world, has been in brilliant form at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He was perceived as an underdog in most of his matches, but he always found a way to win the game against his opponents and became the First African team to top a FIFA World Cup group since Nigeria in 1998.
Morocco becomes the first African team to top a FIFA World Cup group since Nigeria in 1998.
— Africa Data Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) December 1, 2022
Big losses: Morocco have now beaten World Cup favorites Belgium, Portugal and also Spain in the round of 16 of the competition and are yet to concede a goal from an opposition player.
Their victory guarantees Africa 11 places in the 2026 World Cup. 9 permanent places, one playoff route and the last one to reach the semifinal.
If Morocco defeats Portugal and qualifies for the FIFA World Cup semi-finals, Africa will get 11 berths in the 2026 World Cup.
9 permanent places, 1 via playoff and 1 to reach the Semi Finals.
Morocco is undefeated in this World Cup and has only conceded 1 goal.
— Africa Data Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) December 10, 2022
Next Semifinals: Their victory against Portugal secured them a place in the semi-finals which will be against the winner in the quarter-final match between England and France. The semifinal will be played on Wednesday, December 14 at 8 pm WAT.
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