Moroccan star Jawad El Yamiq cheekily KISSED rival Pepe’s head after missing a late shot in shock win over Portugal.
The Atlas Lions made history on Saturday by becoming the first African nation to reach a World Cup semifinals.
Youssef En-Nesyri leapt to defeat goalkeeper Diogo Costa with a stunning first-half header to seal the incredible victory.
Walid Cheddira received a second yellow card in the third of eight minutes of added time, leaving Morocco to face him while Portugal desperately pushed for an equaliser.
Veteran defender Pepe, 39, had a chance at death but his header went wide – resulting in the 30-year-old Moroccan centre-back comforting him with a kiss on the head.
The final whistle was followed by wild celebrations and grandstand scenes.
While Cristiano Ronaldo burst into tears as he trotted off the field in what was likely to be his last World Cup game.
Morocco now know they will meet the winner of England-France in Wednesday’s semi-finals.
But Pepe was furious afterwards that FIFA had appointed Argentine referee Facundo Tello to officiate the match less than 24 hours after the whistleblower’s home country secured their place in the semi-finals.
He said: “We conceded a goal that we didn’t see coming. But what I have to say may come as a bit of a shock, but I have to say it anyway.
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“It is unacceptable that an Argentine referee officiated our game. They should just give Argentina the title.
“I’m not saying he was biased towards them, but what was the second half about?
“Your goalkeeper spent most of his time on the ground. They only added eight minutes. Is that a real referee? Eight minutes?”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6887877/morocco-jawad-el-yamiq-kisses-pepe-portugal-world-cup/ Moroccan star Jawad El Yamiq KISSes Pepe on the head after missing a shot in their stunning World Cup win over Portugal