Morocco VS Portugal / FIFA World Cup 2022 / Match Report
Portugal is facing Morocco in the 3rd Quarter-Final of the FIFA World Cup. The 2 teams are facing each other for the 3rd time. The 2 teams have met twice before in the World Cup. Portugal & Morocco each triumphed in one game against each other. In the Round Of 16, Morocco defeated Spain in a penalty shootout. Portugal reached the Quarter-Finals after defeating Switzerland 6 – 1. Qatar’s Al-Thumama Stadium is hosting the match (Morocco VS Portugal World Cup 2022).
Morocco VS Portugal World Cup 2022 / Portugal started aggressively
Portugal has staged a set piece opening to the right. The ball is whiffed into the box. João Félix Sequeira receives it & heads it toward the goal, but directly at Yassine Bounou. The Moroccan goalkeeper is still undefeated in this World Cup against his opponents.
15 minutes – Portugal – 0, Morocco – 0
Portugal wants to keep the rush of the game in their hands from the beginning. But Morocco does not want to give up an inch of land. Morocco wants to make history as the 1st African nation to reach a World Cup Semi-Final Round.
25 minutes – Portugal – 0, Morocco – 0
Will this match end with a Tiebreaker ?. Neither side has been able to open the scoring. Both teams are fighting hard.
Portugal attacked again in the 31st minute
Portugal was in front of Morocco’s goal again. However, Portugal’s attack turned away from the goal due to a deflection. 30 minutes into the game now & there’s still no goal scored by both team. Portugal’s 23-year-old star footballer – “João Félix” is getting a lot of attention.
GOAAAAAAL – Morocco 1 – 0 ahead
42 minutes into the game now. With a goal from a cross by Youssef En-Nesyri, Morocco is ahead in the Quarter-Finals. Yahia Attiyat Allah El Idrissi crosses the ball from the left & En-Nesyri heads it wonderfully to defeat Diogo Meireles da Costa ComM. Morocco is leading by 1 – 0 now. The match is getting tense now.
The 1st Half is over
Portugal pushes a lot of players forward to try & salvage something from this Half. Extra time of 2 minutes is given. Morocco is leading by 1 – 0 in the 1st Half.
2nd Half begins
Morocco started the 2nd Half with an advantage. Everyone is waiting for Ronaldo. The crowd is getting restless.
Cristiano Ronaldo entered the field
In place of Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves, the Portuguese number 7 – “Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM” enters. João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo replaces Raphaël Adelino José Guerreiro ComM.
Romain Ghanem Paul Saïss is injured
56 minutes into the game now. There is an injury to Romain Saïss, the captain of Morocco. Treatment is being provided to him. The stretcher arrives 2 minutes later. Saïss will be unable to continue. Achraf Dari replaces Saïss.
65 minutes – Portugal – 0, Morocco – 1
Morocco is leading 1 – 0 from the 1st Half. Portugal is desperately searching for a goal but no success yet.
Portugal makes another move
A pass outside the boot is made by Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes toward the Moroccan penalty area from the right. However, Yassine Bounou grabs it before any of his colleagues can get their heads on it. Portugal is searching desperately for an equalizer.
75 minutes – Portugal – 0, Morocco – 1
Portugal is desperately trying to level the score. But Bruno Fernandes is & Cristiano Ronaldo not getting success.
Morocco goes for a Double Change
81 minutes into the game now. There is an injury to Hakim Ziyech. He won’t be able to continue. Zakaria Aboukhlal & Yahya Jabrane replaces Sofiane Boufal & Ziyech. Ricardo Jorge da Luz Horta was substituted for José Diogo Dalot Teixeira by Portugal.
Free Kick for Portugal
Portugal is awarded a free kick 30 yards from the goal. It’s not Cristiano Ronaldo but Bruno Fernandes steps up to take the Free Kick. He tries to sneak it in front of João Félix Sequeira, but the Morocco markings stop him.
Super Save by Yassine Bounou
90 minutes into the game now. Ronaldo’s 1st-time effort is stopped by Bounou after a through ball from the inward right channel. What a relief for the Morocco supporters. Bounou is still undefeated in this World Cup. 8 minutes of injury time is given.
Walid Cheddira gets a 2nd Yellow Card
93 minutes into the game now. Walid Cheddira attempted to go for the ball but instead caught the Portugal player. He receives a 2nd Yellow Card. Morocco will have to carry on with 10 guys once he leaves.
Pepe header but it’s wide
96 minutes into the game now. Portugal hasn’t been any closer to scoring all night than that. Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira ComM / Pepe leaps into the air from inside the 6-yard box to head Leao’s left-side cross wide. What a relief for Morocco.
Morocco VS Portugal World Cup 2022 / The game is over for Portugal
What a performance by Morocco. Hats Off to Morocco. They continue their World Cup winning streak and become the 1st country from Africa to reach the Semi-Final Round. With Portugal’s loss, Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup journey came to an end. Ronaldo entered the game as a substitute early in the 2nd Half after starting on the bench. But he was unable to help his team against Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo is crying as he left the field after the game. It’s very much heartbreaking to see Cristiano Ronaldo crying. Morocco defeats Portugal 0 – 1 in the World Cup to eliminate Portugal. It’s probably Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup participation & his dream to win the World Cup for Portugal remains unfulfilled.