Morocco has done the unthinkable defying against all the odds the African nation defeat European giants Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinals in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Cristiano Ronaldo’s ends his last world cup without in the quarterfinal round.
Morocco becomes the first African nation to qualify for the world cup semifinals in the history of FIFA World Cup. The African nation has taken down some of the tournament favourites in the group F. They drew their opening game against Croatia, then went on to defeat tournament favourites Belgium 2-0 and defeat Canada 1-2 in their final group game. In the round of 16 they outclassed Spain in the penalty shootout and caused one of the biggest wins for an African team.
Portugal for the first time in FIFA World Cup history fail to qualify for the semi final round. Ronaldo ends his world cup career without scoring a goal at the knockout stages of FIFA World cup. Ronaldo has played 570 minutes in the knockout stages of world cup and failed to score a goal.
Youssef En- Nesyri the Hero for Morocco
Morocco after stunning Spain in the round of 16 entered the game against Portugal high on confidence. Youssef En- Nesyri scored the first goal of the match in the 40th minute of the match. En- Nesyri beats Costa to a cross pass from the left by Attiyat- Allah. Youssef then knocks the ball past the goal keeper and scores an historic goal.
Youssef with the goal becomes the highest goal scorer for Morocco with 3 goals. En- Nesyri has shot three shots on target and all of them were goals. Morocco is yet to allow a goal in this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo couldn’t make an impact in the 2nd half
Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t start the game against Morocco and was substituted in the game at start of 2nd half replacing Ruben Neves. Ronaldo couldn’t make much of an impact despite him being on the pitch. He has taken few shots and made very few attempts near the net. Portugal failed to create chances and there were few chances which Portugal couldn’t convert into goals.
In the ending moments of the match a glaring miss by Pepe ends Portugal’s chances of qualifying for the semi finals. Pepe got a loop from the left back and Pepe does the header but misses the goal.
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