On December 10, in Doha, at the Al-Tumama Stadium, as part of the 1/4 finals of the 2022 World Cup, the Moroccan team will play with the Portuguese team.
World Cup 2022
Morocco was the only team that conceded the fewest in this tournament that passed this stage without goals scored or conceded goals – the dramatic denouement of the duel with Spain ended in a penalty shootout.
Such a success brought success to Morocco, which became only the fourth from Africa and the first Arab country to manage to reach the quarter-finals of the Mundial.
As you know, the Moroccans defeated Belgium and Canada in this championship, after which they sorted out the penalty shootout with Spain.
For 11 meetings in a row, the team is undefeated, drawing four times during this time and achieving seven victories.
The Portuguese national team took first place in the group, gaining six points in three matches. The Portuguese secured their participation in the playoffs ahead of schedule thanks to victories over Ghana (3-2) and Uruguay (2-0) at the start of the tournament.
In the final round, the team lost to the South Korean team (1:2), having conceded the second goal a few minutes before the end of the match.
At the very first stage of the playoff games, they defeated the Swiss national team, defeating it with a score (6-1), while striker Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick.
Players to watch
After an inspired celebration in Morocco on penalties over Spain, Ashraf Hakimi will be aiming for a second success with another surprise win here.
Gonzalo Ramos had a worthy last match against the Swiss national team, where he managed to get a hat-trick.
Head to Head
Between themselves at the World Cup, these teams played two games in which they exchanged victories. In 1986, the Moroccans won (3-1), and in 2018 the Portuguese were stronger – (1-0).
Morocco are currently on a five-match unbeaten streak at the FIFA World Cup – their longest such run in the competition.
This match is expected only victory of Portugal. The African team is already a hero – for the first time Morocco will play in the quarter-finals, and at the same time they qualified for this stage of the tournament with dignity.
Most likely, due to the great desire and motivation, the Portuguese will be able to take the game under their control and achieve a ticket to the semi-finals exclusively in the class.
Prediction for this match: Portugal win.
Draw in the first half.