The World Cup in Qatar had thrown up yet another stirring upset and in the first tournament to be held in the Arab world, Morocco’s 1-0 win over Portugal ensured that there will be an Arab-speaking team in its final four. This was a win that would not only be celebrated across Morocco but also across the Arab countries, from Saudi Arabia to Algeria.
It is also the first time that an African side has gone this far at the World Cup.
At the full-time whistle, the Moroccan players sank to the pitch, some in prostration, some just staring into the night sky in disbelief at a raucous Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday evening.
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