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Morocco Makes History By Advancing To Semifinals, Portugal Out

Youssef En-Nesyri celebrating after scoring against Portugal. Source: TyC Sports.

Morocco and Portugal fought hard during the whole game. Many occasions on both sides, but it was the only goal by Youssef En-Nesyri, who sent his national team into the semifinals. History was made for Morocco.

4′: João Félix went close to scoring right away with a header. However, Bounou saved it.

30′: Félix’s shot from outside the box was deflected, almost helping Portugal to score. The ball went close to the post but went outside.

34′: Morocco built an excellent action, with Amallah shooting from a distance. His shot was high over the crossbar.

42′ : Morocco scored after dominating in the last few minutes. Youssef En-Nesyri’s header anticipated both the defender and the goalkeeper, exploiting a great cross by Attiyat Allah from the left.

44′: Portugal responded immediately. Bruno Fernandes hit the crossbar from a difficult position, but was unlucky and could not score.

47′: The counterattack for Morocco almost allowed them to put two goals between them and Portugal, but Attiyat Allah’s shot was wide.

49′: Morocco was close to scoring again. After a free kick by Ziyech, El Yamiq could not send the ball in with the header.

57′: A great cross by Otávio found Gonçalo Ramos in the middle of the box. The Portuguese sticker missed the target, though.

63′: Bruno Fernandes shot from outside the distance. A powerful shot that went just over the crossbar.

82′: Huge occasion for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to João Félix, who made a great shot, which was incredibly saved by Morocco’s goalkeeper.

90′: Ronaldo received a long, low ball and shot. Morocco’s goalkeeper made yet another great save to keep the advantage.

95′: Morocco could make it 2-0. Zakaria Aboukhlal was alone in front of Portugal’s goalkeeper, but his shot was saved.

96′: Pepe missed the target with a header. Portugal could not tie the game and was eliminated.


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