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Qatar 2022: Morocco-Portugal 1-0 quarter-finals

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Morocco-Portugal quarter finals

Presentation of the match

Unprecedented quarter-final in the World Cup, being the first time Morocco has reached this far. Portugal are the underdogs, given the level of their squad, but Morocco showed in the round of 16 against Spain that they are no less than the most famous teams.

Morocco will rely on the two important players such as Hakimi and Zijech, able to drag their teammates towards a historic goal for the North African country. Morocco’s game will develop around Amrabat who will have Ounahi at his side, the true revelation of this world championship.

Portugal, which will still have Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, will play on the axis Bruno Fernandes and B.Silva, the true drivers of the team and will be able to count on Goncalo Ramos, the absolute protagonist in the round of 16. In defense the always green Pepè alongside Dias to close the spaces for the fast attackers of Morocco.

First half

Portugal immediately moved forward, on the 4th occasion for Joao Felix who headed Bounou. On the 6th occasion for Morocco, En Nesyri headed the ball high. In the 18th minute Ziyech tries with a left footed shot that goes wide. On 26′ En Nesyri headed the ball wide. On the 31st occasion for Portugal, Joao Felix shot just wide. At the 35th minute for Morocco with Amallah the shot goes wide.

In the 36th minute Boufal kicks towards the goal, his shot is weak against Diogo Costa. In the 42nd minute Morocco’s goal with En Nesyri header who takes advantage of Diogo Costa’s empty exit. On the 45th occasion for B. Fernandes who hits the crossbar. At 47′ halftime.

First very well played by the two teams, who faced each other head on. Great pace from Morocco who took the lead following an outgoing error by goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

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Second half

Morocco starts strong, on the 50th occasion for Ziyech who commits Diogo Costa as a free-kick. In the 56th minute Ounahi sends high. On the 58th occasion Ramos headed the ball high over the crossbar. In the 64th minute B. Fernandes kicks over the crossbar. In the 71st minute Dari was booked for interrupting a promising attack. In the 75th minute Cheddira didn’t take advantage of a good opportunity in front of the goalkeeper. On the 83rd occasion for Joao Felix who engages Bounou with a left foot.

In the 87th minute Vitinha was booked for interrupting a promising attack. In the 92nd minute, Cristiano Ronaldo kicked as soon as he entered the area, for Bounou. In the 92nd minute Cheddira was booked for an imprudent foul against an opponent. In the 93rd minute, a second yellow card for Cheddira for an imprudent foul play against an opponent, double yellow card as a result and sent off. In the 98th minute it was 1-0 for Morocco.

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Final comment

Morocco flies in a deserved way to the semifinals, a historic result, never before had an African or Arab country reached a World Cup semifinal. Portugal despite Cristiano Ronaldo coming on in the second half, were unable to catch up. Morocco with a hermetic and attentive defense prevented the Portuguese from finding the right spaces to commit goalkeeper Bounou, a true hero of this Morocco. In all the games played when they met the big names, the Moroccan team did not concede any goals, indicating that the way to achieve this historic result starts in defense.

Then the midfield directed by an Amrabat never seen at these levels in Italy and the discovery of Ounahi, the real engine of the team. In attack Ziyech has shown that he is a world-class player, it is not for nothing that he plays in England with Chelsea. Finally Hakimi extraordinary on the right wing even today, he proved to be the strongest right-back in the world.

When Leao entered Portugal, he did not allow him to have the ideas that could create so many problems for the defense of Morocco. Finally, goalkeeper Bounou who made extraordinary saves in all the games he played allowed all the people of Morocco to live a real dream.

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