Morocco became the first ever African side to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, after sensationally beating Portugal 1-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium.
A common theme of these World Cup finals had been tight, cagey first half displays with neither side willing to take risks in the early going.
Having successfully shut down Portugal for most of the first half, the Atlas Lions grew into the contest and edged ahead as HT approached.
Fernando Santos’ men would now need to breach the tournament’s best backline to get back into the game, and Bruno Fernandes nearly produced an instant response when his spectacular effort looped over Yassine Bounou, but he was denied by the crossbar.
Even with Ronaldo on the pitch, Fernandes continued to prove Portugal’s most dangerous attacker, as the Manchester United midfielder lashed a powerful effort from the edge of the area narrowly over the bar.
Roared on by a deafening crowd, the Atlas Lions’ fierce resistance saw them make history, becoming the first Arab nation and qualifier from the CAF region to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, setting up another blockbuster clash with either France or England.