What makes this Morocco team special?

Morocco made history by becoming the first African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Morocco overcame Portugal 1-0 to set up a semi-final against France on Wednesday, having already defeated Belgium, Canada and Spain in Qatar.

There are plenty of reasons why the Atlas Lions are a special team.

Let’s analyse some of these.

Defensive solidity

Morocco’s run to the last four has been built on rock-solid foundations.

They have only conceded once in five games so far. And even that came in the form of a Nayef Aguerd own-goal.

No opposition player has managed to get one past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Spain couldn’t even beat him in a penalty shootout, missing all three of their efforts with two of them saved.

The 31-year-old is doubtless a fantastic goalie but is also supported by a group of players in front of him.

Incredibly, Morocco have limited their opponents to just nine shots on target across five games so far.

This is truly outstanding as Morocco have let the opponents have the ball most of the time.

In fact, Morocco have had just 31.6 per cent possession so far – the second-lowest average of all 32 teams to have featured in the tournament.

Despite this, they have rarely let shots of the goal happen, which is unbelievable!


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