Morocco stuns Portugal with 1-0 First Half victory at World Cup 2022

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World Cup 2022: Morocco_Portugal
World Cup 2022: Morocco_Portugal

Headlines:

  • Morocco takes on Portugal in the World Cup’s penultimate quarterfinal match
  • Portugal is without star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on the bench for the second straight game
  • Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri tries two headers but misses, but eventually sinks one in the 42nd minute for a 1-0 lead
  • Ronaldo was replaced in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s match against Switzerland, sparking reports that he would quit the team
  • Portugal’s manager says it’s “high time to leave Cristiano Ronaldo alone”
  • England and France play next, with the winner moving on to the semifinals on Wednesday
  • All-time World Cup record between Morocco and Portugal is 1-1, having met in 1986 and 2018

Morocco took the lead against Portugal at the World Cup 2022, with 1-0 in the tournament’s penultimate quarterfinal match first half. The result was a major upset, as Portugal was considered a favorite to progress deep into the tournament, and was without their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was on the bench for the second straight game.

In the first half, both teams created several chances, but it was Morocco who found the back of the net. Youssef En-Nesyri connected with a header in the 42nd minute, sinking the ball past the Portuguese goalkeeper to give Morocco a 1-0 lead. Portugal attempted to equalize, but the Moroccan defense held firm to secure the historic victory.

The result was a major boost for Morocco, who will now be confident of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament. It was also a major upset for Portugal, who will now need to regroup and focus on their upcoming matches in order to have any chance of advancing to the next round. The loss will no doubt be a major disappointment for the Portuguese team, who will need to bounce back quickly if they are to have any chance of success at the World Cup.

The all-time World Cup record between Morocco and Portugal is 1-1, having met in 1986 and 2018. The winner of this match will move on to the semifinals on Wednesday, where they will face either England or France. Stay tuned for updates as the match continues.

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