Rabat - Moroccan generations, from the oldest to the youngest, are still remembering Morocco’s epic 3-1 win against Portugal on June 11 in the 1986 World Cup.
Rabat – Moroccan generations, from the oldest to the youngest, are still remembering Morocco’s epic 3-1 win against Portugal on June 11 in the 1986 World Cup.
More than three decades may have passed since 1986’s historic win, but Morocco’s team are keeping their fingers crossed, determined to create history again against Portugal.
The Atlas Lions will play a decisive game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad in Moscow on Wednesday, June 20, with speculations on the possible winner. Surprises, a win, and a historic performance: these are some of the aspirations that all Moroccans have in mind, even those who lost faith after Morocco’s defeat against Iran.
Morocco’s win against Portugal was their first win in the 1986 World Cup. The former team of the Atlas Lions defeated Portugal 3-1. Morocco’s performance during the famous clash stunned several international footballers, FIFA, and coaches, including the current head coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos.
During the game, Morocco was the first to open the scoring against Portugal when legendary Moroccan striker Abderrazak Khairi scored in the 19th minute of the game.
The Portuguese net did not escape Khairi’s strongest kicks as the footballer sent another successful shot on target in the 27th minute. The winning goal came from Moroccan former superstar Abdelkarim Krimau, who was positioned as the center-back, in the 69th minute.
FIFA reminded its followers of the famous win of Morocco on June 11.
“#OnThisDay in 1986, Morocco beat Seleções de Portugal 3-1, becoming the first African team to reach the second round of the FIFA World Cup,” wrote FIFA.
The post generated 14,000 likes, with Arabs and Atlas Lions’ fans wishing the team good luck in Wednesday’s game. This will be the first time Morocco will face Portugal since the 1986 game.
After Portugal, Morocco will play against La Roja (Spain) on June 25.