Moroccan, Arab Community Celebrates Atlas Lions Qualifications to WC Semi-Final
The Moroccan Community in Canada has celebrated the qualification of the Atlas Lions’ national team to the semi-final of the World Cup after defeating Portugal 1/0 on Saturday.
Joy and happiness were in every Arabic café in Mississauga, Hamilton, and Oakville, where they screened the historic game earlier this morning.
The fairy tale continues in Qatar as Morocco has become the first African and Arab team to reach a World Cup semi-final after dumping Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo out in the quarterfinals.
Youssef En-Nesyri got the only goal in a dramatic 1-0 win at Al Thumama and denied Portugal what would have been a place in the last four for the first time in 16 years.
Youssef Ibrahim, a Moroccan who lives in Mississauga, told Media in Toronto, that he can’t control himself as he sees Morocco’s unprecedented path continues with success.
He expressed confidence that the next opponent of Morocco in the semi-final will face huge difficulties with this ambitious team.
Morocco, who had substitute Walid Cheddira sent off late, set up a Wednesday semifinal against either France or England at Al-Bayt Stadium, where they will again be supported by a fierce crowd who roared them past Portugal.