The Morocco national female soccer team on Thursday shocked Colombia 1-0 to qualify for the second round of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Anissa Lahmari’s first-half stoppage time goal was enough for the tournament debutants to pick the group H ticket behind Colombia.
The Atlas Lionesses got a helping hand from South Korea who held Germany to a 1-1 draw in the group’s other game, a result that knocked out the two-time World champions from the tournament.
The Moroccans dominated the early stages and made several incursions into the Colombians half as the first stage progressed.
They were rewarded for their endeavours when Lahmari put them ahead with that decisive goal in first half stoppage time.
The Colombians came out smoking in second half and poured forward in search of the much-needed equalizer. But Khadija Er-Rmichi was in imperious form and coped with everything thrown at her as the game ticked past the 100-minute mark.
The North Africans celebrated wildly as the referee blown the final whistle to end what was an historic night for the Atlas Lionesses.