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Morocco inspire the world at Portugal's expense! Winners, losers & ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo's last dance ruined

Morocco's miracle men have moved on, and they're bringing the rest of Africa along for the ride.

The Atlas Lions have emerged as this World Cup's underdog story - and one of the best surprises at any tournament.

After shocking Spain, they've now taken down another powerhouse in Portugal with a 1-0 win, and with them, one of the greatest players of all-time, likely ending his chances of ever winning a World Cup.

Facing off with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Morocco held firm once again, requiring just one superhero-like goal from their own striker.

Youssef En-Nesyri's goal was a carbon copy of goals scored by prime Ronaldo: a leaping, towering header that made everyone else around him seem like they were stuck in quicksand.

The actual Ronaldo, of course, watched that first-half goal from the bench, having been left out of the starting line-up yet again. He had been dropped in a 6-1 win over Switzerland last round, and Fernando Santos stuck with that call here. Rightfully so, some would say, except maybe Ronaldo.

CR7 came on for most of the second half to try and change a game that simply never changed. That's because Morocco didn't let it. They got their goal, they got their win and they have their semi-final berth. The first one for any African team in World Cup history.

They have inspired an entire continent. They have inspired the world.

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