Beautiful scenes where Moroccan star Siofane Boufal’s mother steals the show at the World Cup

The mother of a Moroccan star stole the show after the team made history by becoming the first African team in history to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup.

The Atlas Lions followed up victories over Belgium and Spain on Saturday with a quarter-final win over Portugal to set up a tie with either England or France in the last four.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Boufal dances with his mother after reaching the World Cup semifinals.

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Morocco defied their underdog status with another energetic, engaging performance, cheered on by their passionate fans at Al Thumama Stadium.

One of those fans was Sofiane Boufal’s mother.

Boufal, 29, brought them down from the stands after the full-time whistle blew and the pair were filmed dancing in front of Moroccan fans.

“It’s crazy. We’re living the dream and we don’t want to wake up. I have goosebumps,” Boufal told TF1.

“We deserve everything we have. we work hard It’s not over.

“There’s still the semifinals and God willing, the final.”

Most in football would now expect that to be the lasting picture, but Morocco manager Walid Regragui says: “Why not?” when asked if they could go all the way.

Regragui, who only took over at the end of August, compared his team to fictional boxing hero Rocky Balboa.

“When you see Rocky, you want to support Rocky Balboa because of his heart and dedication and I think we’re the Rocky of this World Cup,” he said.

“I think we’re going to be the team that everyone loves at this World Cup because we’re showing the world that you can do something with less talent, so much quality and so much money.

“If you work hard enough and show that desire, passion and belief, you can be successful. It’s no wonder. We beat Belgium, Spain, Portugal without conceding a goal. This is not a wonder. This is the result of hard work.

“I’m not getting carried away because I know we could have conceded a goal tonight but we’ve made our people happy and proud and we’ve made the continent happy and proud and so many people around the world.”

Morocco coach Walid Regragui, nudged by his players in Doha, says they are the World Cup “Rocky”. (AP PHOTO) Recognition: AP

Morocco meets France in the semifinals and Regragui sees no reason why they shouldn’t go all the way to the end.

“Obviously coming to the World Cup to play is great, but before the first round everyone thought we were going to be eliminated,” he said.

“But what I said to the players was that we have elite players. We have a team that can win games at the World Cup. I said, “You have to be confident and go out there and not regret it,” and they believed me.

“What is important for future generations is that we have shown that it is possible for an African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, and why not even the final?

“At a press conference I was asked if we could win the World Cup and three or four games ago I said, ‘Well, why not?’ Why shouldn’t we dream?”

Morocco reaches the World Cup semi-finals with one goal

Morocco reaches the World Cup semi-finals with one goal Beautiful scenes where Moroccan star Siofane Boufal’s mother steals the show at the World Cup

James Brien

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