VIDEO: Watch: Ecstatic Moroccans celebrate historic World Cup victory
Only Morocco’s staunchest fan would have bet his side would reach the World Cup semi-finals before the tournament kicks off.
On Saturday they beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 1-0 thanks to Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header to go further than any African team has ever been in the World Cup.
Morocco, ranked 22nd in the world before the start of the tournament, overtook the other three previous African teams to reach the quarter-finals – Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
The Moroccans far exceeded expectations in Qatar and coach Walid Regragui hailed the fighting spirit of his injured side.
“We are drawing on everything we have, we still have injured guys. I told the guys before the game that we have to write African history. I am very, very happy,” said Regragui.
As their national team made history, crowds gathered in Casablanca and chanted “Qualified! Qualified!”
There were also celebrations across the Arab world and in Europe after Morocco became the first Arab team to reach a World Cup semi-final.
To watch click on the video above.