Morocco 1-0 Portugal: Morocco World Cup Semi-Finalists

Morocco 1-0 Portugal: Morocco World Cup Semi-Finalists

Morocco 1-0 Portugal: World Cup 2022

Morocco 1-0 Portugal It’s a Moroccan team that is running against history for African sides at the World Cup, and in this particular tournament, they’re swimming in the Persian Gulf’s rip current against European powers. So it’s fitting that it doesn’t mean that the goal came from the left for a team known for attacking from the right with Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech. Instead, Youssef N. Nasri got on the end of Yahya Attiaullah’s cross from the left in the 42nd minute to send the first African team into the World Cup semi-finals and end Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup reign. A career without a trophy or knockout stage goal.

Morocco Vs Portugal: Match Squad

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Morocco Vs Portugal: Match Results

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Morocco 1-0 Portugal Three previous African teams had reached the quarter-finals – Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010 – and twice finished short of two European teams. But this Moroccan team has learned a thing or two about such opponents in Qatar. Atlas Lions’ competition in this tournament was not easy. They opened with a draw against 2018 finalists and now 2022 semi-finalists Croatia, then defeated 2018 semi-finalists Belgium. They topped Canada in Group F, then moved on to the Iberian Peninsula, just south of it, and sent Spain on penalties in the last 16. Next was neighboring Portugal.

Morocco 1-0 Portugal: Morocco World Cup Semi-Finalists
Morocco 1-0 Portugal: Morocco World Cup Semi-Finalists

Credit to En-Nesyri for the goal – his second of the tournament on his second shot on target – but the question to Diego Costa. The Portuguese goalkeeper was determined to come off his line and was caught in the goalkeeper’s purgatory. For Portugal, it was a famous third mistake of the tournament which resulted in only two goals for Canada, Australia, and Wales.

 

Morocco 1-0 Portugal And so the current changed its course. Portugal had 78.9 percent possession in the first 15 minutes, but it was hardly an attacking first half in the continuation of their 6-1 win over Switzerland. Bruno Fernandes hit the woodwork three minutes after Morocco’s goal, and Joao Felix had the first two chances on the left side of the box, but Portugal’s 0.27  for the half was 0.98 against Switzerland and 1.20 after the idea. was less. The first half of their final group stage game against South Korea. For shots on target crowd, it was one after the first half of five and six.

Morocco 1-0 Portugal It almost made it 2-0 with Atiyaullah firing wide on the break with one of the last touches of the first half, but there was a legitimate question as to whether they needed it. Morocco had 4 1/2 matches in the tournament — plus a 30-minute extra time against Spain — allowing one goal, and he did it himself against Canada.

Portugal brought on Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo six minutes into the second half – not a few names in your back pocket for substitute work if you can get them. Morocco 1-0 Portugal  And if the former player was finally going to score a goal in the knockout stages of a World Cup, it was going to be a meaningful – perhaps career-extending international – in his 22nd World Cup match.

First, he almost set it up in the 82nd by touching Felix for a first-time strike, but Moroccan keeper Yassine Bono made a wide save to tip it over the bar. A chance then came in the 91st minute but Ronaldo’s close-range effort was saved. It was not a miss that Portugal will remember. That would be his long-time teammate Pepe, whose stoppage-time header went wide. Thus ended the pair’s quest for the trophy, with Ronaldo going 570 minutes of knockout stage football at the World Cup without conceding a goal.

Morocco has done it with very little of the ball. Their 31.3% possession is the second lowest rate in the tournament behind only Costa Rica. But they also did it through individual efforts. When you don’t have the ball, you have to defend it. Hakimi grabbed the team lead nine times and won both of his attempts. His 19 tackles and 13 wins are more than any player in this World Cup. Morocco 1-0 Portugal Sofiane Amrbat has won possession eight times against Portugal and has a total of 41 in the tournament.

Morocco 1-0 Portugal They have now kept four clean sheets in five games, and their three in four entering this match is already the most by an African team at seven in any edition of the tournament. The matches are the most ever combined with Nigeria. From an African side. But whether it’s France or England waiting in the semi-finals, Morocco is clearly not worried about European opposition to the extent that their next European opponents will have a lot to think about.

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