Portugal international footballer says Morocco deserve semi-final spot

Portuguese footballer Bruno Fernandes reacted positively to Morocco’s triumph at the global football tournament in Qatar.

Fernandes acknowledged Morocco as deserving FIFA World Cup™ semi-finalists after seeing Portugal’s campaign cut short by the Atlas Lions in Saturday’s quarter-final.

Youssef En-Nesyri headed home the game’s only goal just before half-time as Morocco caused another upset at Al Thumama Stadium, becoming the first African side to reach the final four in World Cup history.

Portuguese playmaker Fernandes came close to a leveller in the second half, but saw his rasping strike clear the crossbar. Writing on social media, the Manchester United star praised Morocco’s display while outlining his pride in Portugal’s efforts.

“It’s difficult to express in a few words everything we felt yesterday after the game ended,” Fernandes wrote on Twitter. “Our dream fell apart when we did everything to make it end differently.

“It’s sad and painful because representing our team means much more than just playing football.

“Despite the elimination, I am very proud to be Portuguese and even more proud of all those who represented our country with me in this World Cup.

“I would also like to congratulate the Moroccan team for the great game and for deservedly qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup.”

Portugal’s defeat to Walid Regragui’s men was their first at the quarter-final stage of a World Cup, with the nation having progressed from their two previous last-eight ties at the tournament.