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2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco 1-0 Portugal Replay

Published at :December 11, 2022 at 12:32 AM
Modified at :December 11, 2022 at 4:32 AM
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Hello and welcome to the live blog of the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-final game between Morocco and Portugal.

Spain's thousand passes were met with resistance from Morocco, who prevented La Roja from scoring during regulation play, extra time, or even the shootout of the World Cup 2022. Morocco will next play Portugal in the World Cup 2022.

Portugal destroyed Switzerland with a newly discovered attacking fluency that was discovered in Cristiano Ronaldo's absence, whilst Morocco's second-round success (and their entire tournament) was defined by defensive resolve.

The meeting between these two countries with opposing strengths is covered in detail here.

Where is Morocco vs Portugal playing?

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
  • Date: Saturday 10 December
  • Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT

Current Form (Last Five Games)

  • Morocco: WDWWW
  • Portugal: WWWLW

Players to watch

Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi's play throughout the event has been nothing short of brilliant. His partnership with Ziyech on the right wing has been a major source of frustration for opponents. He is a valuable member of the offence and also a solid defender.

Goncalo Ramos

Before Portugal's 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland on Tuesday, which advanced them to the World Cup quarterfinals, few people had heard of striker Goncalo Ramos. However, after he recorded a hat trick and an assist, Ramos ensured that his name would never be forgotten by Portuguese fans.

Fernando Santos made the courageous decision, which turned out to be a coaching masterstroke, to start the 21-year-old striker with the nickname "the Sorcerer" instead of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Team News

It's possible that Morocco's historic victory against Spain came at a cost during the two hours of draining play. In the final exchanges of standard time, Nayef Aguerd had to leave due to a muscular ailment. Romain Saiss, his centre-back teammate, didn't leave the field but needed extensive thigh treatment.

Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui, both fullbacks, had been dealing with injuries throughout the tournament before returning to play, and Sofyan Amrabat overcame a back injury to shine against Spain.

However for Portugal, since breaking his ribs in practice, Danilo Pereira and Nuno Mendes are on the sidelines. With a hamstring injury last month, Mendes was forced to withdraw from the World Cup, while Pereira is still recovering.

Head to head record

Played: 2

Portugal: 1

Draws; 0

Morocco: 1

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