5-speed listening (World Cup - Level 5)

Morocco advance to World Cup semi-finals






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The 2022 World Cup continues to produce shock results. The latest is Morocco's win over Portugal. Youssef En Nesyri's 42nd-minute header saw Morocco advance to the semi-finals. They are the first African or Arab nation to get to the last four. Many experts argue the 1-0 result was not a shock. Morocco are one of three teams to reach the quarter-finals undefeated. They let in just one goal. They beat a pre-tournament favourite, Belgium, at the group stage, and then saw off former world champions Spain in a knockout stage. Their performances have been full of grit and determined defending.

Morocco are dubbed the Atlas Lions. They now play France in a semi-final next week. They are a game away from a historic appearance in the final. Their momentous win against Portugal led to an outpouring of joy and celebrations throughout Morocco. At the final whistle, congratulations from world leaders flooded social media. The ruler of Dubai tweeted: "It was an unprecedented victory for Arab football." Somalia's president tweeted: "This is testimony that Africa is rising." Morocco coach Walid Regragui said his team would, "write history for Africa".

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