Solely probably the most fervent Morocco fan would have wager on their facet reaching the World Cup semi-finals earlier than the event kicked off.
On Saturday, they beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 1-0 because of Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header to go additional than any African group ever has at a World Cup.
Morocco, ranked 22 on the planet earlier than the event began, have surpassed the three earlier different African sides to succeed in the quarter-finals – Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
The Moroccans have wildly surpassed expectations in Qatar and coach Walid Regragui lauded the battling spirit of his injury-hit facet.
“We’re drawing on all we’ve got, we nonetheless have guys injured. I informed the blokes earlier than the match we needed to write historical past for Africa. I am very, very pleased,” Regragui mentioned.
As their nationwide group made historical past, crowds gathered in Casablanca and chanted “Certified! Certified!”
There have been additionally celebrations throughout the Arab world and in Europe after Morocco grew to become the primary Arab group to succeed in a World Cup semi-final.
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