Morocco advanced to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 by earning a 1-0 victory over Portugal in the quarterfinals. The contest between these two teams took place at the Al Thumama Stadium on the evening of Saturday, the 10th of December, at nine o’clock. Due to the fact that the losing team will be knocked out of the World Cup tournament, this match was of the utmost importance for both sides. In order to advance to the semi-finals, one needs to win the match they are playing in. The stadium was crowded with fans of both sides, but it was a terrible disappointment for Portugal and their fans since their team was defeated in this game and was consequently eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2022. On the other hand, the supporters of Morocco’s national team were ecstatic to learn that their squad had prevailed against the rivals. This is the first time that a North African country has ever won a World Cup quarterfinal match and moved on to the semifinals of the competition. It will go down in the history books as a remarkable day for Morocco and their supporters.
This is one of the matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022 that fans are most excited to watch. During this match, both teams showed a lot of promise on the field. Morocco gave Portugal no chances to score a goal throughout the entirety of the match (which lasted for a full 90 minutes) and held Portugal to a level of competitive parity with the European nation. During the course of this match, Portugal maintained control of the ball 74% of the time, while Morocco held onto it only 26% of the time. There were 663 successful pass attempts made by Portugal, and they had 9 corner kicks. Portugal had a pass accuracy of 85%. On the other side, Morocco had a completion rate of 247 percent, a pass accuracy of 71%, and three corner kicks granted to them. This game included a significant number of infractions all throughout its duration. This game had a total of 24 fouls, with Portugal committing 9 and Morocco committing 15. During this game, each team received one yellow card, however Morocco was shown one red card during this encounter.
It was Portugal’s terrible luck that they were unable to score a goal in this game, despite the fact that they were the better team in every facet of this match, including passes and possession. However, Portugal still ended up losing. In football, having control of the ball and making passes was of no use until a goal was scored. It made no difference in the least whether or not someone had possession or passes. Only the squad that scores more goals than their opponent will emerge victorious. In this encounter, Morocco had very little possession of the ball and made very few passes, but they were able to capitalize on their opportunities and score a goal, which allowed them to win the match. As a result, Morocco progressed to the semifinals of the World Cup, while Portugal was eliminated.
There was only one goal scored in this game, and it was scored by Morocco in the first half. Youssef En-Nesyri has scored an unbelievable goal for his team at the 42 minute mark of the game. The spectator has just witnessed it. He was provided with a long pass at a high height, and he capitalized on the opportunity by leaping over the player representing Portugal and scoring a goal with his head. The jump was 2.78 meters high. This jump is higher than either Cristiano Ronaldo’s Jump or Tomori’s Jump. The vertical leap that Ronaldo achieved against Sampdoria was 2.58 meters, and the vertical leap that Romori accomplished against Juventus was 2.63 meters. At the end of the first half, the score was 1-0, with Morocco holding a lead over Portugal.
In the second half of this encounter, Portugal did everything they could to score goals, but they were unable to do so. Overall, they were unable to score a single goal. They were having a terrible day overall. Because of the exceptional play of Morocco’s defenders and goalkeeper, Portugal was unable to score any goals in this match. Walid Cheddira, who was representing Morocco, committed a foul with three minutes remaining on the clock (90+3). The official deemed it to be a major foul and issued a red card to the player in question as a consequence. Even though Portugal had 10 players available for the final couple of minutes of the match, Morocco was still able to prevent Portugal from scoring. The score remained unchanged at 1-0 in Morocco’s advantage throughout the entire match.
Like in the previous game, Portugal coach decided to sit Cristiano Ronaldo out this one also. In spite of having the opportunity to play for Portugal in the second half, he was unable to contribute in any meaningful way to the team’s success. In the end, they were defeated, and this result resulted in their elimination from the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo was heartbroken because this was his final World Cup, and he exited the field with tears in his eyes.
The match between Morocco and France in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday, December 15, at 1:00 am local time.
Morocco vs Portugal
|1st Half||2nd Half||Full Time|
Youssef En-Nesyri– (Morocco) – 42’
Walid Cheddira – (Morocco) – 90+3’ (Red Card)