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Portugal vs Morocco in sports

The intercontinental neighbors take each other on in a spicy clash in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. No one would’ve thought Morocco would’ve reached this stage of the tournament, let alone play against Portugal, a team synonymous with them, right down to the colors of their jerseys. Portugal vs Morocco face-off

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Key battles to look out for 

Portugal vs Morocco

Portugal

Portugal have won 3 out of their 4 games in the buildup to this fixture, with youngsters taking charge all over the pitch. Bruno Fernandes has been their most important player, with 2 goals and three assists for the squad. The biggest revelation has to be Goncalo Ramos who replaced Ronaldo in the round of 16 against Switzerland, and went on to score a hattrick, filling in the biggest boots that he could have ever filled. The team absolutely smoked the Swiss, scoring 6 with Pepe, Gurreiro and Leao getting in on the act. The team has had no shortage of goals, scoring 13 goals in just 4 games. Diogo Dalot has come as the biggest surprise for the squad by outperforming and benching Joao Cancelo. The squad could do better defensively, having kept only 1 clean sheet in 4 games. Portugal have gone under the radar for being one of the best performing teams at the World Cup, and the 6-1 victory was a call to everyone to ignore the side. Their scoring prowess will be important against the best defensive team of the tournament in Morocco.

Portugal vs Morocco

Morocco

The biggest shock entry into the quarter finals has to be the North West African side Morocco, who managed to defeat Spain, a team that scored 7 goals in one match against Costa Rica. What was even more impressive was that they did not allow Spain to find the back of the net in regular time as well as in penalties. Morocco have been so solid in defense that they haven’t let an opposition player score against them, they have only conceded an own goal by Aguerd. What makes Morocco’s defense stand out is that they kept Croatia and Belgium at bay and went on to concede 1 shot against Spain, who came into the match with an xG of over 2.5. Amrabat’s control in midfield, holding off the midfielders of the Spanish squad, had to be the most impressive performance in midfield. Ounahi won 7 out of 10 duels against his opponents, whereas the entire backline solidified the defense. Keeper Bono had to be the player of the game, keeping all 3 Spanish penalties out, ensuring the squad reached their first-ever quarter-final of the tournament. Hakim Ziyech has been crucial on the attacking front and will cause problems for the Portuguese defense. They are the only African nation left in the World Cup and will carry the hopes of the entire continent on their shoulders, as seen by individual African teams in past World Cups. Will the 4-3-3 of Morocco be enough to ensure a first-ever semi-final spot for an African nation? Or will Aguerd’s injury cause problems for the Atlas Lions? Only one team stands in the way of the answer.

Portugal vs Morocco

Key battles to look out for 

Ziyech vs Raphael Gurreiro will be one to look out for, as an in-form Ziyech taking on a high flying Gurreiro who spends so much time in the opposition box will be a great battle. Amrabat vs Bruno Fernandes will be a battle in midfield that could decide the game, if Amrabat manages to pacify the main supply of the Portuguese attack, we could be in for dry attacking spells from the Europeans. Felix vs Hakimi will be the most interesting one in a battle of pace vs strength as both experienced players who play for top clubs in Europe go head on along the Portuguese right. Hakimi can prove to be a tough cookie and will threaten in attack as well in Portugal vs Morocco.

Portugal vs Morocco

Conclusion

We predict this exciting Portugal vs Morocco clash to go down to the wire, with Portugal winning 2-1. Morocco won’t go down without a fight, and Portugal will know that. The attacking threat that Portugal possess on the pitch and on the bench may prove to be too much for the Moroccans.

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