Morocco makes historical past as first African staff to achieve semis

DOHA, Qatar — Morocco turned the primary African nation to achieve the World Cup semifinals by beating Portugal 1-0 on Saturday, probably ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s probabilities of successful soccer’s largest prize.

Youssef En-Nesyri scored the successful objective within the forty second minute to proceed Morocco’s unbelievable run that has generated an outpouring of pleasure within the Arab world through the first World Cup to be staged within the Center East.

The 37-year-old Ronaldo, one in every of soccer’s best gamers, did not begin for the second straight sport however got here on in its place within the 51st minute.

The five-time world participant of the yr is about to complete his profession with out capturing the World Cup or ever attending to the ultimate.

It’s a seminal second in World Cup historical past, with an African nation lastly advancing to the degrees sometimes solely reached by European or South American groups. 

Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) all reached the quarterfinals however bought no additional.

Morocco-Portugal highlights

Youssef En-Nesyri scored on a wonderful header within the forty second minute, and Morocco’s sensible protection saved Portugal off the board.

Reporting by the Related Press.