Moroccan fans close Route 1A in Revere after World Cup win over Spain


The ‘Atlas Lions’ stunned Spain in a penalty shootout on Tuesday.

Moroccans around the world celebrated the victory of the men’s national football team over Spain in a high-stakes World Cup match on Tuesday.

The North African country beat its heavily favored European neighbor in a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of scoreless action.

Massachusetts fans took to the streets in celebration, gathering around a stretch of Route 1A near Revere Beach.

Footage taken by WCVB showed a crowd waving Morocco’s red flag as fans stood above the cars and celebrated the stunning upset.

Crowds forced police to close the area to traffic for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon. Massachusetts State Police said tweeted at 3 p.m. that the Route 1A area near Wonderland Marketplace was closed due to a “large crowd on the roadway.”

The road reopened at 4 p.m., state police spokesman James D. DeAngelis confirmed. No arrests were made.

Revere has a notable Moroccan community, which makes up about 10% of the city’s total population. For six years, Revere hosted a Moroccan festival to showcase the culture and history of the city’s Moroccan community.

This is the first time Morocco will play in a World Cup quarter-final, and the first Arab nation to make it this far in the tournament, according to ESPN.

The ‘Atlas Lions’ face Portugal on Saturday as they are expected to be underdogs again.


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