2022 FIFA World Cup: Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat said Morocco was living a “dream” after progressing to the World Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday. Youssef En-Nesyri put the Atlas Lions ahead with a towering header just before half-time and they then defended resolutely to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of football’s showpiece. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan also congratulated the players and the country on their historic victory over Portugal.
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Congratulations to Morocco on their victory over Portugal to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. The first time an Arab, African and a Muslim team has reached a FIFA World Cup semi-final. I wish them luck in the semi-finals and beyond. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 11, 202
“It’s really incredible, I’m so proud. It’s like a dream – unbelievable that we’re in the semi-finals,” the 26-year-old Fiorentina player told Xinhua news agency.
“We deserve this, 1000%. How we fight, how we play, with our heart for our country for the people – it’s incredible.”
The Atlas Lions have only conceded once this tournament – an own goal against Canada in the group stage.
Morocco had only 26% possession and nine shots on target at the Al-Thumama stadium, three less than their opponents. But the team’s watertight defense again proved the difference as Portugal turned up the pressure in the final minutes.
“Our spirit, we have injuries, three defenders came in and how they defend, great respect,” said Amrabat. “Respect everyone, the coach, the team, the staff. It was like playing at home, thanks for all the people.” (with IANS inputs)