Morocco finally broke through near the end of the first half, with a goal from Youssef En-Nesyri breaking a 0-0 deadlock and putting his side on top.
Portugal dominated possession to the tune of more than 60% in the first half, but the Atlas Lions had more attempts at goal and finally found the back of the net in the 42nd minute.
Morocco is the first Arab nation to advance to a World Cup quarterfinal — and they’ve done so in the first tournament hosted in an Arab nation.
They’re eyeing another piece of history: becoming the first African country to advance to a World Cup semifinal.
Portugal isn’t going to make it easy on them — this is a deeply talented team, even as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sits on the bench, and Morocco is the underdog on paper.
This could shape up to be a thriller.