Portugal win 1-0, Morocco ousted

20 June, 2018, 17:12 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Morocco manager Herve Renard said of the in-form Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick against Spain, to L'Equipe: "Those who try to mount a plan against him, he always manages to find something to make the difference". With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal.

The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has urged his team to reach "Euro 2016 levels" as they prepare to take on Morocco in their second game of the World Cup. "Portugal have the capacity to do better than we played against Spain and I hope we can correct our mistakes". "(The Portuguese) have two feet, two legs and they are humans like us".

Portugal went on to win the Euro two years ago, having drawn their first game with Iceland, but Santos warned that they can not just rely on their captain to bail them out.

The game itself should be straightforward for Uruguay, who won their opener 1-0 against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt, as they face a Saudi Arabia team hammered 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the tournament´s curtain-raiser. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial.




Morocco have an injury crisis at right-back, with Nordin Amrabat ruled out with concussion following a clash of heads in the defeat to Iran.

- Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter, in the group stages of the 1986 World Cup. But they were made to work extremely hard by Morocco in the end. "The first game was a good sign for us". "We´re not dead", said midfielder Faycal Fajr, one of 17 foreign-born players in Morocco´s squad.

Morocco wasn't almost as fortunate in its opener, conceding a 95th-minute own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz to suffer a 1-0 loss to Iran.

"It's nothing new, about Cristiano Ronaldo".

"We lost a battle but we haven´t lost the war. We will give our life on the pitch".

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