Morocco vs Portugal: Talking Points as the African nation makes history

Morocco produce another shock defeating Portugal by 1-0 to enter the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup.

Morocco players celebrate their victory, Credit: Twitter/@FIFAWorldCup
By annirudh bhalla | Dec 10, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar continues to give fans and experts moments to savour. Morocco who have shocked the world with their performances in the tournament so far continue their journey in the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over Portugal. While, one side will experience endless joy and happiness, there will be despair and massive disappointment for the other.

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Youssef En-Nesyri turned out to be the match hero with an extraordinary header right at the end of the first half. Morocco’s goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou produced a display worthy enough to be called the man of the match. The whole team gelled brilliantly to negate the constant threat of the Portuguese attackers. Cristiano Ronaldo and his team bow out of the World Cup. Here are some talking points from the game.

A Moment of History for Morocco

No one before the World Cup would have fancied Morocco to qualify out of a group containing Croatia and Belgium. However, they not only topped the group but made another piece of history today. Walid Regragui’s side are the first African and Arab nation to enter the semi finals of a FIFA World Cup ever. They will wait and face the winner of the match between France and England. The level that they have shown should make any team wary of them.

End of Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup career

One of the greatest and illustrious players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo was left to tears of sorrow after the game. After almost 20 years of dedicated service to his nation, it looks like it is over for Ronaldo as far as Portugal are concerned. Having participated in 5 World Cups, this surely was his last ever appearance at the showpiece event. Although, he couldn’t touch glory, his achievements and sacrifices for his country can’t be matched easily for a long time.

Morocco’s defence stands rock solid

Extraordinarily, Morocco have conceded only one goal so far in the World Cup, that too being an own goal against Canada in their last group game. No opponent player has managed to break their defence so far. Led by their captain, Romain Saiss and keeper, Yassine Bounou, Morocco continue to hold down the threats of world class attacks. Croatia followed by Belgium, Spain and now Portugal have all failed to score a goal against them.



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