Welcome to Sportstar’s stay weblog of the Morocco vs Portugal FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinal match on the Al Thumama Stadium.
BIG SAVE- Ronaldo occasions his run completely and will get on the finish of the via ball. He shoots low and exhausting at Bono’s near-post however he will get all the way down to make the save. All the nation thanks him.
Eight added minutes on the finish of the first-half!!
Time working out for Ronaldo his Portugal staff as we method the ninetieth minute. The extra time can be an enormous issue on this sport.
Reserving: Portugal’s Vitinha sees yellow for his problem on Ounahi.
Bruno’s cheeky try from the freekick doesn’t fairly work out. He tries a intelligent ball inside however the Morocco wall is alert sufficient to chop the move out. Netherlands 2.0? Not fairly
BIG SAVE- Ronaldo lays off the ball for Felix and the latter dispatches a venomous roller that was on its option to the top-left nook. However Bono dives at full-stretch to get his hand to it and ship the ball out for a nook. An enormous save by the Moroccan keeper.
Morocco subs: IN- Jabrane, Aboukhlal OUT- Boufal, Ziyech
Portugal sub: IN- Horta OUT- Dalot
Worrying indicators for Morocco as Ziyech is down the bottom and receiving medical consideration. It’s but to be seen whether or not he continues or not.
Shut- One other good counter-attack from Morocco and the Portugal defence was left open for a second. Nevertheless, the ultimate ball was not up to speed because the ball goes out of play.
Bruno’s nook goes in direction of Ronaldo, however the latter can’t make contact with it because the ball is simply above his head.
Bruno delivers a ball contained in the field from a free-kick. Silva was there however couldn’t get an excellent connection as one other likelihood goes begging.
Reserving: Morocco’s Dari, who changed Saiss, sees yellow for his problem on Leao.
Portugal subs: IN- Vitinha, Leao OUT- Otavio, Ramos
Bruno makes use of the within of his proper foot to attempt an outswinging shot at Bono however the Moroccan keeper does properly to learn it and maintain on to the ball. Ricardo Quaresma vibes anybody?
Cancelo delivers a cross contained in the field from a Portugal freekick however can’t clear the primary man. It’s simply cleared by the Morocco defence.
Morocco subs: IN- Cheddira, Benoun OUT- Amallah, En-Nesyri. The goalscorer comes off.
Bruno Fernandes goes for a shot from the sting of the field and misses the goal by inches because the ball creeps simply over the bar. It was a strong effort however a bit overhit.
Ronaldo has had the ball in a few good positions however hasn’t been in a position to do a lot with it.
Dalot tries to get the higher of Attiat-Allah on the fitting flank however the defender makes good use of his higher physique power to defend the ball from the Portuguese fullback.
Morocco sub: IN- Dari OUT- Saiss. Saiss was having a superb evening however it’s an unlucky finish for the defender as he’s stretchered off the pitch.
Probability- Ramos with an opportunity to work Bono however his effort is large. Portugal can be determined to get the equaliser.
Morocco with one other harmful counter-attack and Portugal seemed uncovered for a second. Ounahi goes for a first-time shot from exterior this field however skies his shot. A disappointing effort from the participant there.
That is Cristiano Ronaldo’s 196th worldwide cap – a FIFA file.
Portugal subs: IN- Ronaldo, Cancelo OUT- Neves, Guerreiro
Ziyech swings on a harmful ball from the fitting and the ball bounced dangerously in entrance of Costa. Ultimately, the ball is cleared as no Morocco participant may get an honest contact with it. Portugal with a detailed shave.
Hakimi leaves Neves behind and does properly to maintain the ball in play. He cuts in and tries to discover a good cross contained in the field, however is is fouled by Pepe. Morocco has a freekick.
Portugal on the assault proper from the beginning. Dalot’s cross from the fitting flank takes a spark off a Morocco participant and Portugal has its first nook of the second-half. It must assault proper from the beginning.
Morocco begins the second-half with a 1-0 lead in opposition to Portugal. En-Nesyri is the goalscorer.
With Portugal dropping at half-time, it’s a good time to ask this query.
Morocco goes into half-time with a 1-0 lead in opposition to Portugal courtesy of En-Nesyri’s purpose within the forty second minute.
Morocco with a superb counter-attack and a superb likelihood to make seize a second. En-Nesyri lays off Attiat-Allah on the left flank who lashes a first-time shot at purpose. However, he can’t hold his effort on course.
Two added minutes on the finish of the first-half!!
OFF THE BAR- Portugal inches away from getting a right away equaliser as Bruno’s effort hits the submit. Bono was a overwhelmed man there.
GOOOALLLLL!!! MOROCCO SCORES!! EN-NESYRI WITH THE HEADER!! Attiat-Allah sends a superb cross contained in the field from the left flank and En-Nesyri towers over everybody and heads the ball within the internet. In all equity, Costa ought to have accomplished higher however take nothing away from El-Nesyri. He has had the fewest touches amongst any participant on the pitch.
Guerreiro passes the ball to Felix contained in the field, who goes for a first-time shot at purpose. However, he can’t hold his effort down and sees the ball sail over the bar.
Sensible imaginative and prescient by Ziyech to select En-Nesyri with a protracted ball however the move is a tad bit heavy for the latter to succeed in and Costa collects the ball.
Boufal goes for a long-ranger however his effort lands straight at Costa and the Portugal keeper collects the ball with out a lot fuss.
Attiat-Allah squares the ball to Amallah from the left flank. The latter tries to information his shot in direction of purpose however blazes his effort over the purpose.
Bruno tries to search out Dalot witha lofted via ball however the move is overhit and the latter can’t attain the ball. Dalot acknowledges the intent with a thumbs-up.
Joao Felix lashes a shot at purpose. The ball takes a depraved deflection off Yamiq and hits the side-netting. The defender is extraordinarily lucky there.
At 26 years, 332 days outdated, Portugal is fielding its youngest ever beginning XI in a World Cup match.
Ziyech sends in a great ball within the Portugal field from a Morocco freekick. En-Nesyri will get on the finish of the cross and flicks a header in direction of purpose however can’t hold his effort on course.
Guerreiro sends in a cross from the left flank and each Bruno Fernandes and Bono went for the ball. There’s a collision, however luckily, not one of the gamers is significantly injured. There was some stress brewing however the referee steps in instantly to dissipate the scenario.
After soaking a little bit of the preliminary strain from Portugal, the Atlas Lions are creating ample assaults of their very own. Each groups appears to have settled within the match.
Ziyech cuts in and shoots at Costa’s near-post however the effort is wayward and rolls out of play. What number of occasions have we seen him doing that?
Morocco push ahead after getting the ball however the assault ends after Hakimi loses the ball. Ziyech chased the ball however couldn’t get it.
Lots at stake for Morocco!!
Bruno delivers a great cross contained in the field from a Portugal set-piece. Morocco can’t clear its traces and Guerreiro had a crack at purpose however couldn’t discover the goal.
Morocco confirmed beautiful teamwork to play the ball out from the again amidst strain from the Portugal gamers. Boufal finds Ziyech with a well-measured move however the latter misplaced the ball after trying a dragback on the fringe of the field.
Bruno Fernandes finds Felix on the fitting flank with an exquisite diagonal however the latter couldn’t maximise the chance as he couldn’t management the ball and misplaced possession.
Ziyech delivers a great ball contained in the field from a nook, which discovered En-Nesyri, however he couldn’t hold his header on course.
Felix hurls his physique at a cross and will get his head to the ball. He connects properly with the header however Bono is alert sufficient to make the save.
Ramos appears to be like to make an early cost at purpose however he’s dispossessed by Amrabat. Morocco’s defence will should be at its greatest if it desires a optimistic end result as we speak.
Participant to observe – Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos. He scored a hat-trick in his first World Cup begin in opposition to Switzerland within the Spherical of 16 match.
AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!! Portugal and Morocco kick-off its quarterfinal match on the Al Thumama Stadium
With Ronaldo benched for the second consecutive World Cup sport, here’s what Fernando Santos needed to say forward of the match!!
I’ll use what I consider is the fitting technique, as I’ve accomplished my whole life.
— Portugal coach Fernando Santos
Morocco vs Portugal head-to-head file!!
Morocco wins: 1
Portugal wins: 1
Morocco targets: 3
Portugal targets: 2
Match historical past
June 11, 1986: Morocco 3-1 Portugal (FIFA World Cup)
June 20, 2018: Morocco 0-1 Portugal (FIFA World Cup)
Morocco vs Portugal beginning XI!!
Morocco: Yassine Bounou(GK), Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah, Azzedine Ounahi, Hakim Ziyech, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri, Jawad Yamiq, Yahya Attiat-Allah
Portugal: Diogo Costa(GK), Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Goncalo Ramos, Ruben Neves
These actually are pinch-yourself occasions for Morocco: A primary ever spot within the quarterfinals of a World Cup — the primary to happen within the Arab world, no much less — and now a gathering with Portugal and its celebrity striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a result of Ronaldo has once more managed to steal the highlight in his inimitable manner, even bumping Morocco’s historic run to the final eight off the highest of the agenda forward of Saturday’s narrative-laden match.
Morocco: Bounou; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Portugal: Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; B. Silva, Carvalho, Otavio; Fernandes, Ramos, Felix
Will he begin, or received’t he? That’s the large query being requested about Ronaldo after he was dropped by Portugal coach Fernando Santos for the 6-1 win over Switzerland within the spherical of 16 on Tuesday.
Not solely was the five-time world participant of the 12 months relegated to the bench, his alternative — 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos — scored a hat trick to depart Santos with fairly the choice dilemma in opposition to Morocco.
The announcement of Portugal’s staff some 90 minutes earlier than the sport is keenly awaited as Ronaldo prepares to play within the quarterfinals of the World Cup for simply the second time in his glittering profession. Portugal is at this stage for less than the third time, maybe shocking given the expertise to have come from the nation down the years.
As for Morocco, the nation is in uncharted territory after turning into solely the fourth African nation to succeed in the quarterfinals at soccer’s largest match, after Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010). None of them reached the semifinals. Morocco can also be the one staff from exterior Europe or South America to make it to the final eight in Qatar.
Its penalty-shootout victory over Spain within the final 16 sparked wild celebrations not simply amongst its many followers in Qatar however at residence and in addition within the Moroccan diaspora of round 5 million individuals unfold largely round Europe, which has united behind the World Cup run of the staff nicknamed the “Atlas Lions.”
Morocco followers poured into the streets of European cities to have a good time the staff’s passage to the quarterfinals, which got here after Morocco superior from a gaggle containing second-ranked Belgium and 2018 runner-up Croatia.
The staff is coached by Walid Regragui, who was born in France, and 14 of the 26 gamers within the squad had been born overseas — the very best proportion for any staff at a World Cup being held within the Center East for the primary time in its 92-year historical past.
The Arab world’s normal bearer, Morocco is within the quarterfinals on advantage, too. The staff has solely conceded one purpose — and that was an own-goal in opposition to Canada — and is proving so well-organized, with a sturdy again 4 headlined by Achraf Hakimi, a devoted midfield anchorman in Sofyan Amrabat, two mercurial wingers in Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal, and a striker in Youssef En-Nesyri who occupies defenses along with his relentless work fee.
Three key gamers is likely to be struggling to be wholesome sufficient to play in opposition to Portugal, although. Amrabat stated he performed with a again damage requiring painkilling injections within the match in opposition to Spain, throughout which captain Romain Saiss completed the sport along with his leg bandaged up after remedy and fellow heart again Nayef Aguerd hobbled off in tears with an obvious thigh damage.
Portugal doesn’t seem to have such issues, with Santos’ squad depth so spectacular that he may afford to depart gamers like Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Neves on the bench in opposition to Switzerland after they began each group sport.
Santos stated he picks his staff in response to the strengths and weaknesses of his opponent however will probably be a shock if he makes any modifications after a match that thrust Portugal among the many match favorites.
Even when he begins in its place once more, Ronaldo — enjoying in his probably final World Cup — is anticipated to see a while on the sphere. Given the drama consistently surrounding him, he’s certain to be a speaking level no matter occurs.
When and the place to observe
When will the Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match kick-off?
The Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match will kick-off at 8:30 pm IST, December 10.
The place will the Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match kick-off?
The Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match will kick-off on the Al Thumama Stadium.
The place are you able to watch the Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match in India?
The Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match can be telecasted stay on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and properly as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be stay streamed on JioCinema.
The place are you able to watch the Morocco vs Portugal quarterfinal match exterior India?
Argentina – Stay Stream: Telemundo
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Stay Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports activities app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Stay Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
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Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Stay Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Stay Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports activities, ITV; Stay Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Professional.