Morocco’s historic 1-0 victory over Portugal sparks celebrations from Casablanca to Baghdad.
Morocco’s World Cup fairytale continues to enchant football lovers after the Atlas Lions beat Portugal 1-0 to book their place in the tournament’s semi-finals.
In the Arab world, Saturday’s win felt particularly sweet, with Morocco’s progression marking the first time an Arab or African country has ever reached the last four in 92 years of World Cup history.
Casablanca, a port city in western Morocco, witnessed scenes of jubilation as people poured onto the streets to celebrate their country’s remarkable against-the-odds victory.
“It is absolutely electric. People here have been dancing, celebrating, and it’s going to continue through the night,” said Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, reporting from Casablanca.
While many thousands of Morocco fans have travelled to Qatar to cheer the Atlas Lions on, other supporters have done the journey in reverse, keen to sense the effervescent atmosphere gripping the North African country, he added.
“Two families flew from Saudi Arabia, another from Qatar to be here in Morocco and be amongst Moroccans to experience this moment,” Haque said.
“And a lot more people will want to come now to see history in the making.”
Source : The Aljazeera News