Morocco first African team ever in World Cup semi-finals

Badr Benoun of Morocco celebrate in a World Cup clash against Portugal. /Getty Images
Moroccan player dribbling the ball past two Portugal players. /CFP

Morocco became the first African team ever to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar after beating Portugal Portugal 1-0 on Saturday.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header in the 42 minute secured a historic win for Morocco, who will play defending champions France or England for a place in the final.

En-Nesyri towered high in the sky to head home just before halftime, and the Moroccan defense took over from there, stifling the Portugal attack for the full 90 minutes.

With the win, Morocco are the first African nation to reach the semifinals of a FIFA World Cup, succeeding where three before them fell agonizingly short.

(With input from agencies)