Portugal, Morocco, off for a massive test

Portugal, Morocco, off for a massive test

Portugal and Morocco are now on an important test, dictating whether or not they can prolong their stay in Qatar. These two teams had a memorable Round of 16, and they are hoping that they could be as impressive here in the quarterfinals. Portugal and Morocco meet on December 10, 2022, at 11:00 PM (GMT+8). These two teams are all-set to battle for their spot in the final four, and inch closer to the title. This is the first time Morocco reached this stage, while Portugal slayed their knockout stage campaign.

This will only be the third time these two teams meet, with both teams winning one game apiece. Their two meetings all took place in the World Cup, and their last was in 2018, when they met in their group stage. If Morocco was lucky enough to survive the wrath of Ronaldo and Portugal, they will be the first African team to qualify in the semi-finals. Portugal on the other hand are undefeated form their two previous quarterfinals match. They won against Korea in 1966, and against England in 2006. Right now, Morocco is on an unbeaten run, putting them in a good momentum. However, their momentum will be tested by the talent the Portuguese have.


World Cup: Portugal
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For a balanced squad like what Portugal has right now, it is no wonder that they are currently a step closer to the title. On their Round of 16 match against the Switzerland, they had a stunning win against the Swiss. They had a 6-1 victory in that match and are hoping to get the same result in this match. However, too much confidence could deteriorate their performance, so they should not be overconfident coming into this match. With their brilliant players and excellent form, it is not surprising if they could win in this game. They last entered the semi-finals in 2006, and have not tasted the title yet. They hope for nothing to finally earn the title they never experienced.

A lot of ins and outs are happening on the side of Portugal, which is a little worrisome as it could affect their player’s form. An injury ruled out Nuno Mendes, while Danilo is still doubtful in this match.


World Cup: Morocco
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This team is actually impressive in the tournament, as they managed to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament. They win against Spain, which eliminates the football giants in the World Cup. If they were able to win against Portugal in this meeting, they will make history this year. No African team reached the semi-finals, they will be the first if they win this. Their win against Spain is a proof that they are a capable team, and will be hoping to pull off an upset in this match as well. However, their path will be very difficult as they need to go against a Ronaldo-led Portugal.

Unlike Portugal, Morocco paraded the same starters throughout their campaign. If not the same, they only make minor changes. This could have been great if only Walid Regragui is not facing some fitness issues. Aguerd, Saiss, and Amrabat are also facing fitness issues.


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