55,000 Morocco fans completely take over Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup semi-final vs France
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The Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar will feel like Morocco's home ground tonight as 55,000 passionate fans are believed to be in attendance for the historic World Cup semi-final against France.
The stadium, the second-largest constructed for the tournament, has a capacity of 69,000. But as per RMC Sport, France supporters are being heavily outnumbered for the clash.
Morocco have arguably been the best-supported nation in the showpiece, making a whole lot of noise and spurring their side on throughout the campaign.
The ultimate underdogs, who are yet to experience defeat, have become the first African and Arab side to reach the semi-finals and a slew of their fans have travelled in their thousands to see the historic occasion.
It's said the amount of flights between Morocco and Doha were increased to allow for the incredible demand.
However, there was heartbreak for some supporters after the country's national airline announced that all flights slated for Wednesday were cancelled due to "restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities".
A statement from Royal Air Maroc said: "Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways."
It was claimed that 30 chartered flights had been put on by RAM to accommodate the fans but cancellations meant just seven boarded on Tuesday.
Still, it's a phenomenal turn-out from Morocco fans who will be firmly behind Walid Regragui and his team of workhorses.
Conceding just a single goal along the way, the Atlas Lions topped Group F ahead of Croatia with seven points and have gone on to cause huge upsets with wins over Spain and Portugal in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively.
Former Barcelona and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto'o had tipped Morocco to reach the final when nobody else predicted their success.