Thousands of Moroccan fans, wearing the national team's kit and waving flags, gathered in Rabat to welcome their heroes and cheer them as the first African-Arab team to reach the World Cup semi-final.
"With nine participants, we're going to learn. In 15, 20 years, I'm sure an African team will win the World Cup because we'll have learned," says Walid Regragui whose Atlas Lions became the first African World Cup semi-finalists in history.
Walid Regragui's history-making team — the first African and Arab nation to reach the World Cup semi-final — will play Croatia at Khalifa International Stadium.
Fans across Middle East and Africa hail Atlas Lions for their incredible journey in the World Cup but also rue defeat against France in Qatar semi-final.
Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina thump 2018 runners-up Croatia to set up a World Cup final against either France or Morocco.
Leaders, football legends, celebrities congratulate Morocco after a tactical masterclass sent Atlas Lions into their first-ever semi-finals — also a first for any African or Arab country — with a gritty 1-0 victory over Portugal.
Brazil seek to be the first team to reach the semi-final after their game with Croatia while Argentina hope to beat the Dutch in 90 minutes for the first time in the World Cup.
While Portugal will be waiting fresh from a 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland, Walid Regragui — who has seen several big decisions pay off recently — is sure to have a plan to halt them in their tracks during quarter-final on Saturday.
Cheers go up in Amman, Tunis, Beirut, Baghdad, Ramallah and other cities while Arab leaders rejoice at largely unexpected Moroccan win over highly fancied Spain.
Goncalo Ramos scores a hat-trick after replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal side as they demolish Switzerland 6-1 to reach World Cup quarter-final where they face Morocco.
Goals from Lionel Messi, playing in 1,000 match of his career, and Julian Alvarez place Argentina on path for a clash with Netherlands.
Appearing to be heading out of FIFA tournament in Qatar, South Korea beat Portugal 2-1 to enter next knockout phase, kicking out Ghana and Uruguay in the process.
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