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Rise and shine! No World Cup games on Sunday, but we got FA Women’s Super League action as we speak on Paramount+. I’m Igor Mello — filling in for Mike Goodman — and let’s get things rolling on the Golazo Starting XI newsletter. 
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The upsets keep coming, and as a result, history was made in Qatar on Saturday. Morocco became the first African nation to reach the semifinals of the World Cup with a stunning 1-0 win over Portugal, effectively putting an end to Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup dream. It’s uncharted territory for the Atlas Lions, who are accustomed to being groundbreakers for the confederation at the highest level.
And let’s not short-change the women, who recently qualified for the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia for the first time in program history. We are witnessing something magical happening in North Africa, and it might just be the beginning. Only five teams from CAF made it to this World Cup (for reference, only four South American teams made it to Qatar). The 2026 World Cup in North America will likely feature at least nine teams.
“Before the game, I told the boys that it was necessary to write history for Africa,” Morocco manager Walid Regragui told TF1 after the match. “I’m very, very proud of them.”
As for Portugal, it’s a bitter pill to swallow knowing this might be curtains for a certain aging 37-year-old superstar, who, dumbfoundedly, has never scored a goal in the World Cup knockout stage. We were also stripped of a potential Ronaldo-Messi final
Ronaldo will be 41 when the 2026 World Cup rolls around. He’s obviously in great shape and built like a specimen, so if anyone can cheat Father Time for another World Cup, it’s him. The problem is that this Portuguese team looked better without him for good parts of the tournament and it seems unlikely to imagine a scenario where he’s still playing for a high-end European club in three-and-a-half years’ time. He is currently a free agent and has a mammoth $225 million offer from Saudi club Al Nassr on the table. The odds are stacked against him, which is why he broke down in tears on his way out of Al Thumama Stadium tunnel in Doha. If this is the end, without a knockout stage goal, then what a sad way to go out.
France are through to the final four after outlasting England in a duel that featured one converted penalty kick from Harry Kane and one missed attempt in the second half from the Tottenham Hotspur star striker. Current Golden Boot leader Kylian Mbappe was held in check and it was goals from Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud that proved to be the difference in the 2-1 win. Giroud is France’s all-time leading scorer and is one goal behind the Golden Boot leaderboard. 
While the goalscorers for France get all the praise, Antoine Griezmann has quietly become France’s all-time top assist provider. Here’s Jonathan Johnson on why Griezmann is making the case for the top player of the tournament.
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No World Cup games, so let’s take a look at the futures. All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
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