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Clash of the Iberian Peninsula : 🇲🇦 🆚 🇵🇹

As the two teams battle for the opportunity to play in a Semi-Final of a World Cup here are some of the main takeaways & talking points.


 

  • Midfielder Rúben Neves returns and starts in front of William Carvalho


  • Morocco can become the first team from Africa to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, if they beat the Portuguese


  • 21 year old Goncalo Ramos starts again after scoring a stunning hat-trick in the 6-1 win against the Swiss🇨🇭


  • Portugal's Goncalo Ramos is the first player to score a hat-trick in his first WC start since Germany's Miroslav Klose in 2002



  • Christiano Ronaldo left on the bench, again‼️


 


  • Is Bruno Fernandes officially Official as the new man in charge for Portugal and Manchester United


  • Will CR7 finally get off the mark⁉️ Messi scored his first goal of the tournament against Austrilia at the same stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium


  • This is the third meeting of the two countries, all being in previously WC, 1986 & 2018 respectively. Morroco won the first encounter and Portugal the second


  • There has been 11 WC knockout matches between Europe and African teams. 9-2 in favor of Europe with this Morocco team being one of those two wins. The last round against Spain & Senegal won over Sweden in 2002


  • Morocco has beaten Croatia and Spain already in this tournament





  • This is Portugal third Quater-Final in their WC history, they have progressed in all of the previous appearances


  • Morocco are on a 5 match unbeaten streak, 2 WINS & 3 DRAWS


  • Walid Regragui, the Moroccan manager, is the 1️⃣st African 🌍 coach to take charge of a World Cup Quater-Final team. If this doesn't get him a job in Europe, something is 🆙 👏🏿


  • Morocco have 3 clean sheets of 4 matches in the 2022 World Cup





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