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FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco Creates World Cup History As An African Country

Unshakable Morocco have created World Cup history by beating Portugal with a 1-0 scoreline in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 13.12.2022
Morocco Creates World Cup History As An African Country

Unshakable Morocco have created World Cup history by beating Portugal with a 1-0 scoreline in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022. It was the first time an African country won a quarter-final match in the World Cup. Similarly, Morocco is the first African country to reach the World Cup semi-finals.    

Morocco have continued their strong and unshakable defensive approach in the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-finals as Portugal also failed to break the deadlock, who just beat Switzerland by 6-1 in the Round of 16 of this tournament.

In this entire competition, the African side “the Atlas Lions” have conceded only one goal and that was also an own goal against Canada in their last game of Group F. So, the opponents haven’t scored a goal against this African side in this tournament yet.  


Youssef En-Nesyri scored the match-winning goal

Morocco, the unbeaten side in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, beat Portugal by 1-0 and became the first African side to advance to the semi-finals in the World Cup. Youssef En-Nesyri scored the only goal of the match with his header during the 42nd minute of the game, and it was enough for them to create a new World Cup history for Africa.

Youssef En-Nesyri has now scored three goals in his World Cup career. He is the first Moroccan footballer to score more than two goals in World Cup history. 


African countries’ some of the first special World Cup achievements


First African country to participate in the World Cup: Egypt in 1934

First African country to draw a World Cup match: Morocco in 1970 (1-1 vs Bulgaria)

First African country to win a World Cup match: Tunisia in 1978 (3-1 vs Mexico)

First African country to reach the Round of 16 in the World Cup: Morocco in 1986

First African country to finish on top of a group in the World Cup: Morocco in 1986

First African country to reach Quarter-finals in the World Cup: Cameroon in 1990

First African country to reach Semi-finals in the World Cup: Morocco in 2022


Morocco will face France in the semi-finals

In the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Morocco will face the defending champions France on December 14. They are just two wins away to create unimaginable history in this World Cup by becoming the first African side to win a FIFA World Cup.   

 

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