Cristiano Ronaldo who is playing his last World Cup is inching closer to the prestigious trophy that he desires the most but now in the quarter-finals, his nation will have to face the underdogs of the tournament Morocco at the Al Thumama Stadium.
Now coming into this match, both sides have had massive contrasting results in the Round of 16 as on one hand, Portugal really dominated and comfortably beat Switzerland by a scoreline of 6-1 in order to progress to the quarters.
However, Morocco had an absolute rollercoaster of a last-16 match against Spain who are one of the best teams in Europe. The African side resisted the insane Spanish attack and because of their clean sheet throughout the 120 minutes, they took the game to a penalty shootout and won the game there which was simply historic.
The Moroccans are now the 4th African side to progress to the quarter-finals and it is clear that all of Africa is now supporting Morocco. They have already defeated the golden generation of Belgium in order to top their group and hence Santos’s men need to be alert against Hakimi’s team.
But the Euro 2016 champions have some serious talent in their squad with the latest one emerging in the form of Goncalo Ramos who was the replacement of Ronaldo in the starting lineup against the Swiss. Many did not agree with this decision, but Ramos simply silenced his critics by scoring a hat trick on his debut and that too in the biggest tournament in the world. All in all, this match is going get decided by fine margins and it would be interesting to see which team takes the semi-final spot.
Date and Time Morocco vs Portugal
10th December: 12:30 am IST
Where to watch Morocco vs Portugal?
The Indian viewers can watch the match on Voot, Jio Cinema and Sports 18.
Predicted Lineups Morocco vs Portugal
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
Match Predictions Morocco vs Portugal
Morocco 1-3 Portugal