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World Cup: Morocco makes history in 1-0 defeat of Portugal

Team becomes 1st African and Arab country to reach tournament's semifinals

Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri scores for the team against Portugal in Doha on Dec. 10.    © Reuters

DOHA (Reuters) -- Morocco wrote World Cup history on Saturday night as the first African and Arab country to reach the tournasemifinals-finals, continuing their surprise run in Qatar with a shock 1-0 victory over the highly fancied Portugal.

Youssef En-Nesyri leapt high in the air to head home the game's only goal just before half-time at the Al-Thumama Stadium to strike a significant blow against football's established order and semifinali-final on Wednesday against either England or France, who meet later on Saturday.

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