Why Morocco can beat Portugal and be the first African country to be in the World Cup semi-finals

in World Cup 2022The The Kingdom of Morocco Join Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in the history books. It became the fourth African country to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

The Atlas black Eliminate Spain in the Round of 16 this Tuesday, December 6, 2022 (0-0, 3 shots on goal vs. 3) to do as well Indomitable Lions From 1990, and Teranga Lions for 2002 and black Stars from 2010.

They will now try to do better on Saturday 10th December against Portugal. If Morocco succeeds, it will become the first African country to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.

And the Moroccan selection can believe it!

It may not have been the most impressive in the game, but it was the most tactically rigorous. Walid Regragui’s men frustrated European leaders such as Croatia (0-0), Belgium (2-1) and Spain (0-0, 3 pens to zero).

They have not even been defeated since the start of the World Cup, unlike the title favorites like the French, the Brazilians and the Portuguese.

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Morocco benefits from its defensive qualities

Morocco has only conceded one goal since the start of the 2022 World Cup. Of the eight teams still operating in Qatar, none are doing better. This defensive solidity is made possible by the activity of Sufyan Amrabat In the midline, the quality of the hinge Roman SayesNayef Ajord and exploits Yassin Bono on his line.

The 4-1-4-1 presented by Walid Regragui is very strict. He’s tough when the opposition has the ball and has already proven himself against teams led by the likes of Luka Modric, Kevin De Bruyne or the duo of Pedri Jaffe. Since the start of the World Cup, Morocco has not finished a match with more than 33% possession. But he was never worried either.

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His plan works great and features Sufyan Boufal where Hakim Ziyech On the counterattack can bring danger to the opponent’s goal. partnersAshraf Hakimi Learn how to negotiate transitions to perfection and could have even eliminated Spain before penalties with more success.

“We wanted to write history, that’s what we do. We want to keep pushing our limits, going as far as possible. That’s what we do, we work a lot, respect the instructions, our game plan. When we see everyone working that way on the pitch, it’s amazing, We are being rewarded for our efforts,” Captain Roman Sayes replied into a microphone be into sports After success in Spain.

Morocco – Portugal for history

Morocco will now face Portugal confident in its strength and will not lose anything. The Atlas black They have proven their ability to beat everyone thanks to their philosophy.

Portugal, which continues to achieve convincing success against Switzerland in the last 16 (6-1), warned. Although Gonzalo Ramos took over perfectly from Cristiano Ronaldo with a hat-trick in his first World Cup match, nothing will come easy for the player. Seleção.

Fernando Santos’ men impressed and inherited the favourites’ status despite their lack of composure in the group stage. The Portuguese was almost taken over by Ghana on the first day (3-2) and lost to the Republic of Korea on the last day (2-1). The pressure on their shoulders will be like Atlas black They have already succeeded in the World Cup.

They will play the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history. For this event, they are driven by a grassroots fervor that is unparalleled in Qatar. Moroccans have been among the biggest and loudest supporters since the start of the competition. And those who remained in Morocco let their joy explode in all the major cities of the country after each match.

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This momentum grew as the competition progressed. Now, supporters of other African countries have rallied to the Moroccan cause.

The Cameroonians, Senegalese and Ghanaians may have failed to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, but they are now hoping the Moroccans will get there this year.

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Morocco results in the 2022 World Cup

  • Morocco 0-0 Croatia
  • Belgium 0-2 Morocco
  • Canada 1-2 Morocco

Morocco finished the group stage in first place in Group F with seven points

  • Round of 16: Morocco 0 (3) – 0 (0) Spain

Portugal results in the 2022 World Cup

  • Portugal 3-2 Ghana
  • Portugal 2-0 Uruguay
  • South Korea 2-1 Portugal

Portugal finished the group stage in first place in Group H with six points

The precedents of Morocco – Portugal in the history of the World Cup

  • 1986 (group stage): Morocco 3-1 Portugal
  • 2018 (group stage): Portugal 1-0 Morocco

How to watch the World Cup quarter-final match between Morocco and Portugal

Morocco and Portugal will face each other in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup. The match will take place on Saturday 10 December at 6:00 pm local time (4:00 pm CET) at Al Thumama Stadium. This match will be broadcast by TF1 And the be into sports in France. In Morocco, arriadia And the beIN SPORTS Middle East and North Africa You own the rights to this meeting.

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