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Morocco become first African nation to reach World Cup semifinal after 1-0 win over Portugal

Here are the latest updates from Morocco vs. Portugal.

Morocco v Portugal: Quarter Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts with teammates after a missed chance during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Morocco and Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium on December 10, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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One more spot in the 2022 World Cup semifinal round is up for grabs when Morocco and Portugal square off Saturday morning in the quarterfinal round. Morocco come into this match off a thrilling win over Spain in the penalty shootout, while Portugal cruised to a 6-1 result over Switzerland behind a hat trick from Goncalo Ramos.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Portugal are listed at -145 on the moneyline in regular time. Morocco come in at +475, while a draw is +270. Portugal are heavy favorites to advance at -330, while Morocco check in at +260.

Here we’ll be tracking the latest from Morocco vs. Portugal.

Morocco vs. Portugal live updates

Full time - IT’S ALL OVER! Morocco become the first African nation to reach a World Cup semifinal after defeating Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinal round. Despite getting dominated on possession and shots, the Atlas Lions locked things down and kept their cool throughout the final moments. Bono was the hero once again and now Morocco are headed to the semifinal round.

90+7 minute - PEPE MISSES FROM POINT BLANK RANGE! The veteran defender cannot put a header on target and it’s still 1-0 to Morocco in the final minute of play.

90+6 minute - Costa makes a brilliant albeit lucky save in a 1v1 situation to keep the deficit at 1-0 for Portugal. It’s still an uphill climb for the European side as Morocco have parked the bus but the save keeps them in it slightly.

90+3 minute - Morocco are down to 10 men after a questionable red card on Cheddira after a foul on Joao Felix. Portugal have a great shot now with a man advantage but time is not on their side.

90+1 minute - BONO STOPS RONALDO! It’s a great run from CR7 as he slips past the defense but the Morocco goalkeeper comes up big again in a crucial moment. It seems like it isn’t Portugal’s day.

90th minute - We’re in the final moments of the quarterfinal and Portugal are still searching for the equalizer. There are only eight minutes of stoppage time.

83rd minute - Joao Felix nearly had the equalizer for Portugal but Bono once again comes up with a brilliant save. We’re getting into the final moments here for Portugal, who are about to go from scoring six goals to putting none in the back of the net.

71st minute - Fernandes sneaks a free kick on the ground into the box for Joao Felix but the youngster cannot get a good touch on the ball and is unable to put a shot on goal. Portugal have dominated play so far in the last 15 minutes and are putting immense pressure on Morocco’s back line but the Atlas Lions continue to hold their own. This is their comfort zone.

64th minute - Portugal are being extremely aggressive in the last five minutes and nearly had an equalizer on Bruno Fernandes’ shot. The midfielder fired an absolute rocket when he had some space just outside the box but could not find the mark. It remains 1-0 Morocco but the Atlas Lions are clearly on the back foot at the moment.

57th minute - Romain Saiss has been stretchered off for Morocco and that’s a big loss for the Atlas Lions. Saiss is the team captain and their top center back, so we’ll see how Morocco adjust with their leader out. A moment later, Goncalo Ramos almost had the equalizer for Portugal. The European side will be more aggressive as the game goes on, searching for that key goal.

50th minute - Costa almost made another massive mistake in front of goal, but fortunately the ball did not come off cleanly when a Morocco forward flashed in front of goal and attempted to put the deflection home. Costa has been a bit off his game so far and it’s showing. It also looks like Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to come on for Portugal shortly.

Halftime - Each team had one more good attack before the halftime whistle. It’s Morocco who hold a 1-0 lead at the break despite entering this contest after a much tougher round of 16 game. Portugal have dominated possession but Morocco have more shots and more importantly, have one in the back of the net. We’ll see if Ronaldo starts the second half for Portugal, as the European side now need to come from behind against a team that has defended well in this tournament.

42nd minute - GOAL FOR MOROCCO! Diogo Costa makes a big mistake judging the cross in from Morocco and Youssef En-Nesyri takes advantage. The underdogs lead 1-0.

35th minute - Amallah has put a few shots up for Morocco in the last two minutes, but only the second one actually forced a save from Diogo Costa. Morocco are moving the ball well along the flanks and haven’t been able to put together the final move on crosses but the speed of the Atlas Lions on the wing is troubling Portugal.

31st minute - Joao Felix gets a great opportunity from just outside the box but his shot gets deflected on the way to the goal. Both teams have found their footing in this game after some dull moments early and we’re starting to get more creative moves in the final third from both teams.

23rd minute - Things had the potential to get chippy with Bruno Fernandes charging in for a 50-50 header and nailing Bono instead as the Morocco goalkeeper collected the cross. Both players appeared to understand the play and it looked like Fernandes apologized to Bono. No incident, but there was some potential and after what happened yesterday in Netherlands-Argentina, nothing is out of the question at the World Cup.

21st minute - Morocco have gone on the front foot now, getting much more room in Portugal’s back third. Ziyech has been the instrumental player down the right flank, as his speed and dribbling savvy have caused problems for Portugal.

13th minute - Morocco are getting a ton of pressure here from Portugal’s attacking group, especially on set pieces. The European side are managing to connect well inside the box, but Morocco have managed to avoid any real danger so far. It seems like only a matter of time before Portugal break through, although Spain were unable to do so for 120 minutes so maybe Morocco can hold on again.

11th minute - Portugal have decided they’re going to put heavy pressure on Morocco in the back third when the Atlas Lions knock the ball around. That can have some dangerous consequences if Morocco break the press, as they did a moment earlier. Morocco have some speed on counter attacks with Ziyech and Hakimi, which can trouble Portugal’s back line especially if the numbers have shifted to one side of the pitch. This is something to keep an eye on as the match goes on.

5th minute - Portugal force Bono to make a save off a set piece, with Joao Felix getting a head on the cross and putting the Morocco goalkeeper to the test. The header was right at Bono and he made no mistake but Portugal are showing good signs of intent early.

Pregame - Cristiano Ronaldo will be left on the bench once again to start this match, with Ramos getting the start up top. This Portugal side will be hoping he can continue his production, but Ronaldo should see the pitch at some point in this crucial match. Morocco will be hoping to contain Ramos early to avoid having to chase this game.