Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri hit a header to score against Portugal.Credit…Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Step 2: MoroccoAnother step forward for the Arab world and another push for a new frontier in the Middle East. Morocco’s reputation-shredding journey through the World Cup He has also claimed another important European victory.

After sending Arabs around the globe into a state that was unlike any it had ever experienced before, Morocco’s soccer team did it once more. A display of defensive grit and With their ferocious attacking style, the Moroccans are now almost unbelieveable qualifiers for the semifinals of the first edition World CupAdd the scalp of Portugal It has now withdrawn from the tournament along with a number of European countries. World Cup.

Having never previously been in consideration for the soccer’s biggest prize, Morocco After defeating Spain and Belgium, Spain, he is just one game away of an unlikely place in the final and Get it now Portugal Thanks to Youssefen-Neyseri’s first-half goal.

Morocco’s storybook run has seen millions of Arabs, Muslims, North Africans coalesce behind a single team in a way that this tournament had not previously seen. The Al Thumama stadium was full of this fanatical support. For 90 minutes, plus eight minutes of heart-stopping injury time, it resembled a corner in Casablanca, Rabat, or Marrakesh. Every period of Portuguese possession was met with ear-piercing whistles and Every Moroccan incursion that came the other direction was met with boisterous cheering, which threatened to draw the ball into Portugal’s net.

While Morocco Celebrates its famed victory and The next step in its amazing journey is being pondered. It almost seems that victory will be the end of an era.

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most well-known men on the planet and one of the greatest soccer players of all time, arrived in Qatar. However, he arrived in Qatar as an awkward tourist who had already broken all his relationships. and Manchester United dumped him, but he found his way back in. Portugal’s starting lineup, a position that he had gripped for nearly two decades, first under scrutiny and The time was then taken away Portugal The round of 16 was completed.

Then Ronaldo watched as his young replacement, Gonçalo Ramos, announced himself on the highest stage with a stunning hat-trick against Switzerland, producing the credentials that immediately installed the Benfica forward as an heir apparent.

But against MoroccoIts iron-willed defense has been only broken once since then. World Cup, and Ramos was the one who suggested it. and As the wall of whistles reached fever pitch the others began to wither and wilt. and They stayed there. Ronaldo arrived on the stage with just over 40 minutes to spare. This was a chance to create one more heroic act, a final cinematic moment, in a career filled with many cinematic moments.

Ronaldo was unable to produce a rescue plan at the end of an attack that, with twenty minutes remaining, had a line consisting of four forwards, in ever more desperate efforts to break Moroccan resistance. He ran, chased balls behind him, and jumped to try. and He tried to find the best shooting angles and everything. and Anything to end the resistance of Moroccan redshirts

His teammates were also impressed. But it didn’t work. Shots were blocked, tackles made as the Moroccan numbers seemed to multiplied against incessant Portuguese attacks.

Credit…Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Portugal It was impossible to get the ball in the right way. Morocco In the first half.

Youssef En-Neyseri, an injury doubt before the game, timed his run to perfection, meeting Yahia Attiyat Allah’s high hanging cross just before goalkeeper Diego Costa could get his hand on it.

Portugal almost immediately replied with what would have been a contender for goal of the tournament as Bruno Fernandes’s half-volley from the tightest of angles came crashing back off the bar.

That is despite wave after waves of attacks and the multitude of forwards Portugal Ronaldo was not present, but he was there to throw on the field. Portugal I would be happy. There were close misses. and The Moroccan goalkeeper disqualified those who found the target.

Only a few seconds of injury time remains Morocco There were only 10 players left when Walid Cheddira (a substitute) was sent off. He collected two yellow cards quickly as the game transformed into something that looked like soccer but felt to have reached a pitch all its own. Attack and Players defending themselves.

Finally, the whistles from both the stands and the crowd stopped. Portugal’s players sunk to their knees, Ronaldo was off down the tunnel, in brought to tears. MoroccoThe bedlam had swept him away and he was unable to summon the energy to start celebrations that will last a lifetime.

While one hero departs the sport’s biggest stage, the World Cup This has led to the birth of a group of heroes for Arab countries. Morocco I am not yet ready for goodbye.