Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup in tears on Saturday, walking off down the tunnel with his dreams of winning the trophy in tatters. Morocco earned a shock 1-0 quarter-final victory over Portugal, the north Africans' joy the stark opposite of Ronaldo's misery.
The 1-0 win over Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal is Morocco's third over a highly ranked European team in the tournament, a run that had brought delight across the country and widespread support across the African continent and Arab world.
Even though it is a cricket-mad nation, Pakistan is playing a big part in the soccer World Cup by making the balls used on the training fields in Qatar and the replicas sold to fans worldwide.
The match finished 1-1 after extra time, with Bruno Petkovic cancelling out Neymar's brilliant solo opener. Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved a penalty attempt by Rodrygo and Marquinhos later hit the post.
"We have a whole people behind us, a continent behind us and the Arab world behind us. That's a lot of energy behind us. We're going to try and do everything we can," Regragui said on the eve of the match against Portugal.
The Spanish football federation named under-21s boss Luis de la Fuente as his replacement.
The French Didier Deschamps played down the talks of already thinking about the World Cup final after their victory over England in the quarter-finals. France will meet Morocco in the semis on Wednesday.
"It's really unbelievable, I'm so proud. It's like a dream – unbelievable we're in the semifinals," the 26-year-old Fiorentina player remarked, .
The North African kingdom's airline called it a "historic qualification" and said jumbo jets would operate the 30 return flights leaving on Tuesday and Wednesday in time for the match.