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World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Press Conference - Sochi, Russia - June 20, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller during the press conference REUTERS/Hannah McKay
World Cup - Germany Press Conference
Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Press Conference - Sochi, Russia - June 20, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller during the press conference REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Bert van Marwijk is often reluctant to single players out for praise but he believes Aaron Mooy could reach a bigger Premier League club.
Mooy can play at a higher level, says Socceroos boss Van Marwijk
Bert van Marwijk is often reluctant to single players out for praise but he believes Aaron Mooy could reach a bigger Premier League club.
Steven Gerrard will launch his competitive managerial career at home when his Ranger side – currently in the process of a major overhaul – take on FK Shkupi of Macedonia in the Europa League at Ibrox on July 12. Shkupi, who are based in Skopje, finished fourth in the Macedonian First Division and are competing in Europe for the first time. On the face of it, they should not present a significant obstacle to Gerrard and his players but the former Liverpool and England captain has only to look back a year to be warned that hazards exist even at this embryonic stage of the competition. Last summer Rangers suffered the worst European result in their history when, under Pedro Caixinha, they were beaten by Progres Niederkorn, of Luxembourg despite winning 1-0 in the first leg at Ibrox. Although the allure of watching the first appearance of Gerrard’s Rangers will attract a crowd of close to the Ibrox capacity of 50,817, far fewer travelling supporters will be able to travel to the second leg in Macedonia on July 19. Shkupi’s Cair Stadium can accommodate just 6,000 spectators, of whom only 2,000 can be seated. Gerrard and his squad are in Spain for pre-season training and the manager has declared that his priority is to see an improvement in fitness levels. Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s Hibernian were also in the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and will begin by meeting NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands at Easter Road on July 12, before heading north for the return on July 19. Runavik have made 11 appearances in European competition and have yet to record an aggregate win although, like Shkupi, the islanders can draw inspiration from Progres Niederkorn, who were in the same situation until they accounted for Rangers.
Rangers handed Europa League first qualifying round tie with FK Shkupi
Steven Gerrard will launch his competitive managerial career at home when his Ranger side – currently in the process of a major overhaul – take on FK Shkupi of Macedonia in the Europa League at Ibrox on July 12. Shkupi, who are based in Skopje, finished fourth in the Macedonian First Division and are competing in Europe for the first time. On the face of it, they should not present a significant obstacle to Gerrard and his players but the former Liverpool and England captain has only to look back a year to be warned that hazards exist even at this embryonic stage of the competition. Last summer Rangers suffered the worst European result in their history when, under Pedro Caixinha, they were beaten by Progres Niederkorn, of Luxembourg despite winning 1-0 in the first leg at Ibrox. Although the allure of watching the first appearance of Gerrard’s Rangers will attract a crowd of close to the Ibrox capacity of 50,817, far fewer travelling supporters will be able to travel to the second leg in Macedonia on July 19. Shkupi’s Cair Stadium can accommodate just 6,000 spectators, of whom only 2,000 can be seated. Gerrard and his squad are in Spain for pre-season training and the manager has declared that his priority is to see an improvement in fitness levels. Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s Hibernian were also in the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and will begin by meeting NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands at Easter Road on July 12, before heading north for the return on July 19. Runavik have made 11 appearances in European competition and have yet to record an aggregate win although, like Shkupi, the islanders can draw inspiration from Progres Niederkorn, who were in the same situation until they accounted for Rangers.
Ushuru will be playing Mwatate United in the Shield Cup this weekend in the round of 32
Kenyatta: We have to treat each game like a final
Ushuru will be playing Mwatate United in the Shield Cup this weekend in the round of 32
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
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No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia - 12 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia - 12 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva
The award for the top goalscorer at this year's World Cup is set to be one of the most hotly contested in years with an array of attacking talent descending on Russia this summer. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez is the current holder of the coveted golden boot but the chances of him retaining the award look slim with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane all coming into the tournament on the back of impressive domestic seasons in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the leading contenders for the award before a ball was kicked, stole a march on his rivals with a sensational hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain. The Real Madrid striker netted collected his 51st match ball after his 89th-minute free-kick snatched a point for his country after it looked as though Spain had the game wrapped up. Diego Costa finds himself a goal behind Ronaldo in the early running for the award after scoring a brace in the same game. Russia's Denis Cheryshev is level with Costa after scoring to sublime goals in Russia's 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the tournament.
World Cup 2018 golden boot race - latest updates
The award for the top goalscorer at this year's World Cup is set to be one of the most hotly contested in years with an array of attacking talent descending on Russia this summer. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez is the current holder of the coveted golden boot but the chances of him retaining the award look slim with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane all coming into the tournament on the back of impressive domestic seasons in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the leading contenders for the award before a ball was kicked, stole a march on his rivals with a sensational hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain. The Real Madrid striker netted collected his 51st match ball after his 89th-minute free-kick snatched a point for his country after it looked as though Spain had the game wrapped up. Diego Costa finds himself a goal behind Ronaldo in the early running for the award after scoring a brace in the same game. Russia's Denis Cheryshev is level with Costa after scoring to sublime goals in Russia's 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the tournament.
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia - 18 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia - 18 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Poland soccer fans sing their national anthem prior to the start of the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Poland soccer fans sing their national anthem prior to the start of the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, left, challenges for the ball Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro, right, during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, left, challenges for the ball Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro, right, during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Referee Joel Aguilar of Salvador signals for video review during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Referee Joel Aguilar of Salvador signals for video review during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Neymar had hobbled out of Brazil training on Tuesday (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)
Neymar had hobbled out of Brazil training on Tuesday
Neymar had hobbled out of Brazil training on Tuesday (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the race for the Golden Boot in Russia (AFP Photo/YURI CORTEZ)
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the race for the Golden Boot in Russia
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the race for the Golden Boot in Russia (AFP Photo/YURI CORTEZ)
Luis Suarez is making his 100th appearance for Uruguay (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)
Luis Suarez is making his 100th appearance for Uruguay
Luis Suarez is making his 100th appearance for Uruguay (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - June 17, 2018 - Mexican fans celebrate at the Angel of Independence monument. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - June 17, 2018 - Mexican fans celebrate at the Angel of Independence monument. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - June 17, 2018 - Mexican fans celebrate at the Angel of Independence monument. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - June 17, 2018 - Mexican fans celebrate at the Angel of Independence monument. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
Según 'France Football', ambos clubes habrían llegado a un acuerdo de 40 millones de euros para el traspaso del delantero portugués.
Valencia y PSG habrían llegado a un acuerdo por Guedes
Según 'France Football', ambos clubes habrían llegado a un acuerdo de 40 millones de euros para el traspaso del delantero portugués.
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
All 32 teams ranked after first round of games Forecast the World Cup winner with our updated tool Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: live Iran vs Spain World Cup preview Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup 2018 but his team were deeply fortunate to secure three points against Group B opponents Morocco in Moscow. The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play. The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament. Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign. Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead. Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:38PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. 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 plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
With Friday's meeting against Costa Rica approaching, star man Neymar was back in training with Brazil on Wednesday.
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With Friday's meeting against Costa Rica approaching, star man Neymar was back in training with Brazil on Wednesday.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco fan inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal from a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal from a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cedric Soares in action REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cedric Soares in action REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 General view before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 General view before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
Report: Charlotte trading Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
Report: Charlotte trading Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
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David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 General view before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 General view before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
Report: Charlotte trading Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
Report: Charlotte trading Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets clear a lot of cap space with this move, the Nets get a center who was solid last season.
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
2018 NBA TV Mock Draft: Robert Williams Goes 13th
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
2018 NBA TV Mock Draft: Robert Williams Goes 13th
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
2018 NBA TV Mock Draft: Robert Williams Goes 13th
David Griffin selects Robert Williams with the No. 13 pick for the LA Clippers.
Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen will host Burnley in the club's first European trip for over 50 years.
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Colombia's James Rodriguez, front, and his teammates walk on the poitch after the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Colombia's James Rodriguez, front, and his teammates walk on the poitch after the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Brazil's Neymar attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar returns to practice, Brazil guarantees he is ready
Brazil's Neymar attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar practices during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar returns to practice, Brazil guarantees he is ready
Brazil's Neymar practices during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
The Foxes have confirmed their third transfer of the summer, with the midfielder agreeing a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium
Leicester complete record £24m Maddison signing
The Foxes have confirmed their third transfer of the summer, with the midfielder agreeing a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Spain World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Spain World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Spain World Cup 2018 team guide and squad list
We give Spain's 2018 World Cup squad the thorough analysis it deserves below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Spain's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. �� OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos... ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! �� ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018 Spain's World Cup 2018 fixtures Portugal 3 Spain 3 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Morocco: Monday, June 25 at 7pm Spain's World Cup record World Cup record: Spain How should Spain line up? Pick your starting XI here: Pick your Spain XI for World Cup 2018 What odds are Spain to win the World Cup? 6/1 The kits See where Spain's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Fernando Hierro, for now. The former Real Madrid centre back stepped in for Julen Lopetegui at the 11th hour. The previous manager, was incredibly sacked after being confirmed as Real Madrid manager. What are his and Spain's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull on why La Roja do not need a striker. Who's the star? Sergio Ramos, now captain, outstanding defender with the odd klutzy moment that redeems his propensity for astoundingly cynical fouls. Spain are in safe hands with David de Gea, with Pepe Reina on stand-by Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them The passing and movement of that ageing but still sinuous attacking midfield axis of Andres Iniesta and David Silva bolstered by the younger guns Koke and Isco. Worst thing about them The amount of effort Sergios Ramos and Busquets expend squealing, feigning assault and conning referees. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… Almost everyone in the squad but reserve a special hello for Pepe Reina, at his fourth World Cup like Iniesta and Ramos, but unlikely to add to his single appearance.. Cameramen will be picking out... Singer Shakira but hopefully Mrs Pique spares us a reprise of 2010’s official anthem monstrosity, Waka Waka. Fans' favourite chant ‘A por ellos oé’ roughly translates as the Paul Weller-esque ‘C’mon, let’s go’. It's been a chaotic start to Spain's 2018 World Cup, but the action starts on Friday Credit: Getty Images On-field prediction Synthesis of new blood and imperishable class takes them to the semis. Off-field prediction Chic, sockless, primrose cashmere crowd blends with wineskin rowdies and Manolo and his infernal drum. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Iran's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Iran's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran's World Cup 2018 fixtures Morocco 0 Iran 1 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Portugal: Monday, June 25 at 7pm What odds are Iran to win the World Cup? 500/1 The kits See where Iran's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Carlos Queiroz, erstwhile assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson who called him “an intelligent, meticulous Rottweiler”. He took Iran to Brazil in 2014 after spells at Real Madrid and his native Portugal twice. Who's the star? Alireza Jahanbakhsh, an elusive two-footed sprite who can play on either wing, has had an outstanding season with AZ Alkmaar and won the Eredivisie’s Golden Boot for 21 goals in addition to his 12 assists. Best thing about them Queiroz’s conservatism, much criticised by Roy Keane at Old Trafford, has equipped them with a superbly organised defence and enough skilful flyers to be disruptive on the break. Carlos Queiroz: influence on and off the field, positive or not Credit: REUTERS Worst thing about them Queiroz can be cranky and is an incorrigible politician - his players back him but turmoil with his board is never far away. You may recognise… Ashkan Dejagah, bustling winger and Fulham’s player of the year in 2014, has just completed six injury-wrecked months with Forest in the Championship. Cameramen will be picking out... The Persian diaspora resplendent in red, white and green facepaint, ‘Scouse’ wigs and clothes of which the clerics would disapprove. Fans' favourite chant ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … etc On-field prediction Extremely hard-fought games, national honour preserved but no scalp to match 1998’s ‘Great Satan’ USA. Off-field prediction Colourful, loud and proud, uniting exiles and those who live there in celebration of a common culture. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Iran World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Iran's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Iran's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran's World Cup 2018 fixtures Morocco 0 Iran 1 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Portugal: Monday, June 25 at 7pm What odds are Iran to win the World Cup? 500/1 The kits See where Iran's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Carlos Queiroz, erstwhile assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson who called him “an intelligent, meticulous Rottweiler”. He took Iran to Brazil in 2014 after spells at Real Madrid and his native Portugal twice. Who's the star? Alireza Jahanbakhsh, an elusive two-footed sprite who can play on either wing, has had an outstanding season with AZ Alkmaar and won the Eredivisie’s Golden Boot for 21 goals in addition to his 12 assists. Best thing about them Queiroz’s conservatism, much criticised by Roy Keane at Old Trafford, has equipped them with a superbly organised defence and enough skilful flyers to be disruptive on the break. Carlos Queiroz: influence on and off the field, positive or not Credit: REUTERS Worst thing about them Queiroz can be cranky and is an incorrigible politician - his players back him but turmoil with his board is never far away. You may recognise… Ashkan Dejagah, bustling winger and Fulham’s player of the year in 2014, has just completed six injury-wrecked months with Forest in the Championship. Cameramen will be picking out... The Persian diaspora resplendent in red, white and green facepaint, ‘Scouse’ wigs and clothes of which the clerics would disapprove. Fans' favourite chant ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … etc On-field prediction Extremely hard-fought games, national honour preserved but no scalp to match 1998’s ‘Great Satan’ USA. Off-field prediction Colourful, loud and proud, uniting exiles and those who live there in celebration of a common culture. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Superstar Frankie Dettori helps keep racing's TV viewing figures healthy but the British broadcaster ITV wants to widen the sport's audience otherwise dangers may lie ahead chief presenter Ed Chamberlin told AFP (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Superstar Frankie Dettori helps keep racing's TV viewing figures healthy but the British broadcaster ITV wants to widen the sport's audience otherwise dangers may lie ahead chief presenter Ed Chamberlin told AFP
Superstar Frankie Dettori helps keep racing's TV viewing figures healthy but the British broadcaster ITV wants to widen the sport's audience otherwise dangers may lie ahead chief presenter Ed Chamberlin told AFP (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Iran's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Iran's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran's World Cup 2018 fixtures Morocco 0 Iran 1 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Portugal: Monday, June 25 at 7pm What odds are Iran to win the World Cup? 500/1 The kits See where Iran's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Carlos Queiroz, erstwhile assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson who called him “an intelligent, meticulous Rottweiler”. He took Iran to Brazil in 2014 after spells at Real Madrid and his native Portugal twice. Who's the star? Alireza Jahanbakhsh, an elusive two-footed sprite who can play on either wing, has had an outstanding season with AZ Alkmaar and won the Eredivisie’s Golden Boot for 21 goals in addition to his 12 assists. Best thing about them Queiroz’s conservatism, much criticised by Roy Keane at Old Trafford, has equipped them with a superbly organised defence and enough skilful flyers to be disruptive on the break. Carlos Queiroz: influence on and off the field, positive or not Credit: REUTERS Worst thing about them Queiroz can be cranky and is an incorrigible politician - his players back him but turmoil with his board is never far away. You may recognise… Ashkan Dejagah, bustling winger and Fulham’s player of the year in 2014, has just completed six injury-wrecked months with Forest in the Championship. Cameramen will be picking out... The Persian diaspora resplendent in red, white and green facepaint, ‘Scouse’ wigs and clothes of which the clerics would disapprove. Fans' favourite chant ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … etc On-field prediction Extremely hard-fought games, national honour preserved but no scalp to match 1998’s ‘Great Satan’ USA. Off-field prediction Colourful, loud and proud, uniting exiles and those who live there in celebration of a common culture. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Iran World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Iran's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Iran's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran's World Cup 2018 fixtures Morocco 0 Iran 1 Iran vs Spain: Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm Portugal: Monday, June 25 at 7pm What odds are Iran to win the World Cup? 500/1 The kits See where Iran's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Carlos Queiroz, erstwhile assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson who called him “an intelligent, meticulous Rottweiler”. He took Iran to Brazil in 2014 after spells at Real Madrid and his native Portugal twice. Who's the star? Alireza Jahanbakhsh, an elusive two-footed sprite who can play on either wing, has had an outstanding season with AZ Alkmaar and won the Eredivisie’s Golden Boot for 21 goals in addition to his 12 assists. Best thing about them Queiroz’s conservatism, much criticised by Roy Keane at Old Trafford, has equipped them with a superbly organised defence and enough skilful flyers to be disruptive on the break. Carlos Queiroz: influence on and off the field, positive or not Credit: REUTERS Worst thing about them Queiroz can be cranky and is an incorrigible politician - his players back him but turmoil with his board is never far away. You may recognise… Ashkan Dejagah, bustling winger and Fulham’s player of the year in 2014, has just completed six injury-wrecked months with Forest in the Championship. Cameramen will be picking out... The Persian diaspora resplendent in red, white and green facepaint, ‘Scouse’ wigs and clothes of which the clerics would disapprove. Fans' favourite chant ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … clap x6 … ‘Iran’ … etc On-field prediction Extremely hard-fought games, national honour preserved but no scalp to match 1998’s ‘Great Satan’ USA. Off-field prediction Colourful, loud and proud, uniting exiles and those who live there in celebration of a common culture. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Racing needs more equine superstars if it is to build a rapport with the public according to ITV racing presenter Ed Chamberlin citing the John Gosden-trained Enable who under Frankie Dettori swept a slew of top races last year (AFP Photo/Thomas SAMSON)
Racing needs more equine superstars if it is to build a rapport with the public according to ITV racing presenter Ed Chamberlin citing the John Gosden-trained Enable who under Frankie Dettori swept a slew of top races last year
Racing needs more equine superstars if it is to build a rapport with the public according to ITV racing presenter Ed Chamberlin citing the John Gosden-trained Enable who under Frankie Dettori swept a slew of top races last year (AFP Photo/Thomas SAMSON)
Lionel Messi heads the ball during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia
Lionel Messi heads the ball during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Lionel Messi, right, and Sergio Aguero arrive for a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia
Lionel Messi, right, and Sergio Aguero arrive for a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
France headcoach Didier Deschamps discuss with Djibril Sidibe, down, during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia
France headcoach Didier Deschamps discuss with Djibril Sidibe, down, during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
From left to right, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi jog during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia
From left to right, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi jog during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Rohit Sharma passed the 'yo-yo' running exercise introduced to ensure Indian cricketers were up to scratch (AFP Photo/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
Rohit Sharma passed the 'yo-yo' running exercise introduced to ensure Indian cricketers were up to scratch
Rohit Sharma passed the 'yo-yo' running exercise introduced to ensure Indian cricketers were up to scratch (AFP Photo/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The pleasures of watching a World Cup are manifold, and observing a new signing play for a country you would otherwise ignore is one such delight. Arsenal supporters will recall Tomas Rosicky's screamer for Czech Republic against USA at the 2006 finals, and this summer they will cast an eye on Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, the Sampdoria ball-winner they are on the verge of signing for a fee of around £25 million spread over three years. Accused of sloth in the market during summers past, Arsenal's new recruitment team do seem to be operating with decisiveness and efficiency in this window. The competence of those decisions will ultimately be judged on the pitch next season, but the fact decisions are being made to fit a (presumable) plan is cause for cautious encouragement. After the slightly prosaic signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Torreira's arrival would comfortably be their most exciting purchase yet. The career so far... The 22-year-old Uruguay international arrived in Italy as a teenager in 2014 and made his way through the ranks at Pescara. That is the same grounding enjoyed by everyone's favourite deep-lying playmaker with a touch of needle Marco Verratti, to whom Torreira is often compared. Intriguingly, Torreira played as a striker in his formative years before being moved back into midfield - kudos to whoever made that decision. At Pescara he was coached by the brother of Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, who we can safely assumer gave Torreira a glowing reference when he moved to the Genovese club in 2016. He has flourished since, making 71 Serie A starts over the past two seasons largely from the base of Sampdoria's midfield diamond. International recognition arrived and he was named in Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad for the 2018 World Cup. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What sort of World Cup is he having? Torreira played the final few minutes of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt from the bench, too little time to make a serious impression. He also started as a substitute in their second group game against Uruguay. What sort of player is he? Torreira has been described as a deep-lying playmaker and a defensive midfielder and it is worth delineating some of this positional sectarianism. At five foot six, one thing he definitely is not is the 'powerful', physically imposing enforcer that many Arsenal fans have craved since the departure of Patrick Vieira. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm. N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho are hardly giants, but have excelled in title-winning midfields. In the modern game where 'transitions' are so important - the few seconds after you lose possession and the few seconds after you win it back - agility, anticipation and speed are increasingly prized over brute strength. Torreira tackles won Only Lucas Leiva won more tackles than Torreira among midfielders in Serie A last season, while only four midfielders completed more passes. So while Torreira was tethered to the base of Sampdoria''s midfield, he contributed both defensively and to their build-up play with the ball - the destructive and constructive aspects of football if you will. In this excellent analysis of Tottenham's Mousa Dembele last season, my colleague Alistair Tweedale wrote of how the Belgian redefined the notion of the 'box-to-box midfielder'. Dembele affected play offensively and defensively without actually running through the thirds of the pitch, but by patrolling central areas. He was everywhere and yet often stationery. Torreira passes Torreira possesses something similar, though at 22 does have plenty of energy and snap to his play. He makes up for his diminutive frame by anticipating loose balls very well, perhaps a legacy of his time as a striker waiting for the things to drop in box, while possessing the speed to make sure he gets there first. With a low centre of gravity, Torreira is also adept at shielding the ball under pressure which is a real asset against intense pressing. So, Arsenal's potential new signing is neither one thing nor the other. He is neither a 'destroyer' nor quite a pure playmaker in the mould of Andrea Pirlo or Napoli's Jorginho. In short, he could be a link between both departments. Midfielders in top five European leagues 2017-18 | Ball recoveries Where will he fit in? One can only speculate about how Unai Emery will arrange his new charges, but there is no doubt that Torriera would be a welcome midfield addition. A feature, and a problem, with Arsenal's core over the past few years has been the idiosyncratic combinations comprised of 'specialists'. Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, or Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. In isolation, these partnerships were quite effective but relied heavily on individual attributes. Cazorla needed Coquelin's athleticism and defensive output, Coquelin needed Cazorla's technical quality to cover his own shortcomings, Xhaka needs Ramsey's legs and Ramsey needs Xhaka's distribution from deep. None of those players could function with any other partner against serious opposition. Remove one card, and the house tumbles. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? From a squad building perspective, Torreira will be a real asset because he can play with multiple partners in the 4-2-3-1 which is reported to be Emery's preference. He has enough defensive nous and ball-winning capabilities to combine nicely with Xhaka as the main playmaker, but is a good enough passer himself to play with Ramsey and counter-balance the Welshman's 'off-the-ball' style. Of course, the three of them could combine in a 4-3-3, but that raises the thorny issue of shunting Mesut Ozil wide. Unless of course, Emery plays the four of them in a diamond behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Promising on paper, but not a system the Spaniard has used in the past. With Emery yet to manage a game at the Emirates, we are grasping in the dark somewhat. Who will miss out? Aaron Ramsey is yet to sign a new contract, and reports state he will be sold this summer if he refuses. That would see likely see Torreira installed as Xhaka's partner with Ozil ahead of them in the No.10 position. Should Ramsey stay (good news, to be clear) then the situation is more complex. Granit Xhaka played all 38 league games for Arsenal last season Credit: Getty Images There is a widespread antipathy to Xhaka despite his post-January improvement when he showed more defensive rigour. Many will call for him to be thrown on the scrapheap, but Emery enjoyed working with similar types in the form of Steven Nzoni and Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla. If Xhaka's form continues he could be difficult to dislodge, and many feel there is a serious player there within a more structured set-up. We are yet to mention Henrikh Mkhitrayan, Alex Iwobi or Ainsley Maitland-Niles either - or even the potential for a new winger. Every player has a clean slate under Emery, and there could be a hell of a fight on to get in the team. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Lucas Torreira Arsenal watch: Who is he, what will he bring and what sort of World Cup is he having?
The pleasures of watching a World Cup are manifold, and observing a new signing play for a country you would otherwise ignore is one such delight. Arsenal supporters will recall Tomas Rosicky's screamer for Czech Republic against USA at the 2006 finals, and this summer they will cast an eye on Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, the Sampdoria ball-winner they are on the verge of signing for a fee of around £25 million spread over three years. Accused of sloth in the market during summers past, Arsenal's new recruitment team do seem to be operating with decisiveness and efficiency in this window. The competence of those decisions will ultimately be judged on the pitch next season, but the fact decisions are being made to fit a (presumable) plan is cause for cautious encouragement. After the slightly prosaic signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Torreira's arrival would comfortably be their most exciting purchase yet. The career so far... The 22-year-old Uruguay international arrived in Italy as a teenager in 2014 and made his way through the ranks at Pescara. That is the same grounding enjoyed by everyone's favourite deep-lying playmaker with a touch of needle Marco Verratti, to whom Torreira is often compared. Intriguingly, Torreira played as a striker in his formative years before being moved back into midfield - kudos to whoever made that decision. At Pescara he was coached by the brother of Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, who we can safely assumer gave Torreira a glowing reference when he moved to the Genovese club in 2016. He has flourished since, making 71 Serie A starts over the past two seasons largely from the base of Sampdoria's midfield diamond. International recognition arrived and he was named in Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad for the 2018 World Cup. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What sort of World Cup is he having? Torreira played the final few minutes of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt from the bench, too little time to make a serious impression. He also started as a substitute in their second group game against Uruguay. What sort of player is he? Torreira has been described as a deep-lying playmaker and a defensive midfielder and it is worth delineating some of this positional sectarianism. At five foot six, one thing he definitely is not is the 'powerful', physically imposing enforcer that many Arsenal fans have craved since the departure of Patrick Vieira. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm. N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho are hardly giants, but have excelled in title-winning midfields. In the modern game where 'transitions' are so important - the few seconds after you lose possession and the few seconds after you win it back - agility, anticipation and speed are increasingly prized over brute strength. Torreira tackles won Only Lucas Leiva won more tackles than Torreira among midfielders in Serie A last season, while only four midfielders completed more passes. So while Torreira was tethered to the base of Sampdoria''s midfield, he contributed both defensively and to their build-up play with the ball - the destructive and constructive aspects of football if you will. In this excellent analysis of Tottenham's Mousa Dembele last season, my colleague Alistair Tweedale wrote of how the Belgian redefined the notion of the 'box-to-box midfielder'. Dembele affected play offensively and defensively without actually running through the thirds of the pitch, but by patrolling central areas. He was everywhere and yet often stationery. Torreira passes Torreira possesses something similar, though at 22 does have plenty of energy and snap to his play. He makes up for his diminutive frame by anticipating loose balls very well, perhaps a legacy of his time as a striker waiting for the things to drop in box, while possessing the speed to make sure he gets there first. With a low centre of gravity, Torreira is also adept at shielding the ball under pressure which is a real asset against intense pressing. So, Arsenal's potential new signing is neither one thing nor the other. He is neither a 'destroyer' nor quite a pure playmaker in the mould of Andrea Pirlo or Napoli's Jorginho. In short, he could be a link between both departments. Midfielders in top five European leagues 2017-18 | Ball recoveries Where will he fit in? One can only speculate about how Unai Emery will arrange his new charges, but there is no doubt that Torriera would be a welcome midfield addition. A feature, and a problem, with Arsenal's core over the past few years has been the idiosyncratic combinations comprised of 'specialists'. Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, or Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. In isolation, these partnerships were quite effective but relied heavily on individual attributes. Cazorla needed Coquelin's athleticism and defensive output, Coquelin needed Cazorla's technical quality to cover his own shortcomings, Xhaka needs Ramsey's legs and Ramsey needs Xhaka's distribution from deep. None of those players could function with any other partner against serious opposition. Remove one card, and the house tumbles. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? From a squad building perspective, Torreira will be a real asset because he can play with multiple partners in the 4-2-3-1 which is reported to be Emery's preference. He has enough defensive nous and ball-winning capabilities to combine nicely with Xhaka as the main playmaker, but is a good enough passer himself to play with Ramsey and counter-balance the Welshman's 'off-the-ball' style. Of course, the three of them could combine in a 4-3-3, but that raises the thorny issue of shunting Mesut Ozil wide. Unless of course, Emery plays the four of them in a diamond behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Promising on paper, but not a system the Spaniard has used in the past. With Emery yet to manage a game at the Emirates, we are grasping in the dark somewhat. Who will miss out? Aaron Ramsey is yet to sign a new contract, and reports state he will be sold this summer if he refuses. That would see likely see Torreira installed as Xhaka's partner with Ozil ahead of them in the No.10 position. Should Ramsey stay (good news, to be clear) then the situation is more complex. Granit Xhaka played all 38 league games for Arsenal last season Credit: Getty Images There is a widespread antipathy to Xhaka despite his post-January improvement when he showed more defensive rigour. Many will call for him to be thrown on the scrapheap, but Emery enjoyed working with similar types in the form of Steven Nzoni and Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla. If Xhaka's form continues he could be difficult to dislodge, and many feel there is a serious player there within a more structured set-up. We are yet to mention Henrikh Mkhitrayan, Alex Iwobi or Ainsley Maitland-Niles either - or even the potential for a new winger. Every player has a clean slate under Emery, and there could be a hell of a fight on to get in the team. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The pleasures of watching a World Cup are manifold, and observing a new signing play for a country you would otherwise ignore is one such delight. Arsenal supporters will recall Tomas Rosicky's screamer for Czech Republic against USA at the 2006 finals, and this summer they will cast an eye on Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, the Sampdoria ball-winner they are on the verge of signing for a fee of around £25 million spread over three years. Accused of sloth in the market during summers past, Arsenal's new recruitment team do seem to be operating with decisiveness and efficiency in this window. The competence of those decisions will ultimately be judged on the pitch next season, but the fact decisions are being made to fit a (presumable) plan is cause for cautious encouragement. After the slightly prosaic signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Torreira's arrival would comfortably be their most exciting purchase yet. The career so far... The 22-year-old Uruguay international arrived in Italy as a teenager in 2014 and made his way through the ranks at Pescara. That is the same grounding enjoyed by everyone's favourite deep-lying playmaker with a touch of needle Marco Verratti, to whom Torreira is often compared. Intriguingly, Torreira played as a striker in his formative years before being moved back into midfield - kudos to whoever made that decision. At Pescara he was coached by the brother of Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, who we can safely assumer gave Torreira a glowing reference when he moved to the Genovese club in 2016. He has flourished since, making 71 Serie A starts over the past two seasons largely from the base of Sampdoria's midfield diamond. International recognition arrived and he was named in Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad for the 2018 World Cup. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What sort of World Cup is he having? Torreira played the final few minutes of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt from the bench, too little time to make a serious impression. He also started as a substitute in their second group game against Uruguay. What sort of player is he? Torreira has been described as a deep-lying playmaker and a defensive midfielder and it is worth delineating some of this positional sectarianism. At five foot six, one thing he definitely is not is the 'powerful', physically imposing enforcer that many Arsenal fans have craved since the departure of Patrick Vieira. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm. N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho are hardly giants, but have excelled in title-winning midfields. In the modern game where 'transitions' are so important - the few seconds after you lose possession and the few seconds after you win it back - agility, anticipation and speed are increasingly prized over brute strength. Torreira tackles won Only Lucas Leiva won more tackles than Torreira among midfielders in Serie A last season, while only four midfielders completed more passes. So while Torreira was tethered to the base of Sampdoria''s midfield, he contributed both defensively and to their build-up play with the ball - the destructive and constructive aspects of football if you will. In this excellent analysis of Tottenham's Mousa Dembele last season, my colleague Alistair Tweedale wrote of how the Belgian redefined the notion of the 'box-to-box midfielder'. Dembele affected play offensively and defensively without actually running through the thirds of the pitch, but by patrolling central areas. He was everywhere and yet often stationery. Torreira passes Torreira possesses something similar, though at 22 does have plenty of energy and snap to his play. He makes up for his diminutive frame by anticipating loose balls very well, perhaps a legacy of his time as a striker waiting for the things to drop in box, while possessing the speed to make sure he gets there first. With a low centre of gravity, Torreira is also adept at shielding the ball under pressure which is a real asset against intense pressing. So, Arsenal's potential new signing is neither one thing nor the other. He is neither a 'destroyer' nor quite a pure playmaker in the mould of Andrea Pirlo or Napoli's Jorginho. In short, he could be a link between both departments. Midfielders in top five European leagues 2017-18 | Ball recoveries Where will he fit in? One can only speculate about how Unai Emery will arrange his new charges, but there is no doubt that Torriera would be a welcome midfield addition. A feature, and a problem, with Arsenal's core over the past few years has been the idiosyncratic combinations comprised of 'specialists'. Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, or Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. In isolation, these partnerships were quite effective but relied heavily on individual attributes. Cazorla needed Coquelin's athleticism and defensive output, Coquelin needed Cazorla's technical quality to cover his own shortcomings, Xhaka needs Ramsey's legs and Ramsey needs Xhaka's distribution from deep. None of those players could function with any other partner against serious opposition. Remove one card, and the house tumbles. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? From a squad building perspective, Torreira will be a real asset because he can play with multiple partners in the 4-2-3-1 which is reported to be Emery's preference. He has enough defensive nous and ball-winning capabilities to combine nicely with Xhaka as the main playmaker, but is a good enough passer himself to play with Ramsey and counter-balance the Welshman's 'off-the-ball' style. Of course, the three of them could combine in a 4-3-3, but that raises the thorny issue of shunting Mesut Ozil wide. Unless of course, Emery plays the four of them in a diamond behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Promising on paper, but not a system the Spaniard has used in the past. With Emery yet to manage a game at the Emirates, we are grasping in the dark somewhat. Who will miss out? Aaron Ramsey is yet to sign a new contract, and reports state he will be sold this summer if he refuses. That would see likely see Torreira installed as Xhaka's partner with Ozil ahead of them in the No.10 position. Should Ramsey stay (good news, to be clear) then the situation is more complex. Granit Xhaka played all 38 league games for Arsenal last season Credit: Getty Images There is a widespread antipathy to Xhaka despite his post-January improvement when he showed more defensive rigour. Many will call for him to be thrown on the scrapheap, but Emery enjoyed working with similar types in the form of Steven Nzoni and Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla. If Xhaka's form continues he could be difficult to dislodge, and many feel there is a serious player there within a more structured set-up. We are yet to mention Henrikh Mkhitrayan, Alex Iwobi or Ainsley Maitland-Niles either - or even the potential for a new winger. Every player has a clean slate under Emery, and there could be a hell of a fight on to get in the team. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Lucas Torreira Arsenal watch: Who is he, what will he bring and what sort of World Cup is he having?
The pleasures of watching a World Cup are manifold, and observing a new signing play for a country you would otherwise ignore is one such delight. Arsenal supporters will recall Tomas Rosicky's screamer for Czech Republic against USA at the 2006 finals, and this summer they will cast an eye on Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, the Sampdoria ball-winner they are on the verge of signing for a fee of around £25 million spread over three years. Accused of sloth in the market during summers past, Arsenal's new recruitment team do seem to be operating with decisiveness and efficiency in this window. The competence of those decisions will ultimately be judged on the pitch next season, but the fact decisions are being made to fit a (presumable) plan is cause for cautious encouragement. After the slightly prosaic signings of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Torreira's arrival would comfortably be their most exciting purchase yet. The career so far... The 22-year-old Uruguay international arrived in Italy as a teenager in 2014 and made his way through the ranks at Pescara. That is the same grounding enjoyed by everyone's favourite deep-lying playmaker with a touch of needle Marco Verratti, to whom Torreira is often compared. Intriguingly, Torreira played as a striker in his formative years before being moved back into midfield - kudos to whoever made that decision. At Pescara he was coached by the brother of Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, who we can safely assumer gave Torreira a glowing reference when he moved to the Genovese club in 2016. He has flourished since, making 71 Serie A starts over the past two seasons largely from the base of Sampdoria's midfield diamond. International recognition arrived and he was named in Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad for the 2018 World Cup. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What sort of World Cup is he having? Torreira played the final few minutes of Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt from the bench, too little time to make a serious impression. He also started as a substitute in their second group game against Uruguay. What sort of player is he? Torreira has been described as a deep-lying playmaker and a defensive midfielder and it is worth delineating some of this positional sectarianism. At five foot six, one thing he definitely is not is the 'powerful', physically imposing enforcer that many Arsenal fans have craved since the departure of Patrick Vieira. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm. N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho are hardly giants, but have excelled in title-winning midfields. In the modern game where 'transitions' are so important - the few seconds after you lose possession and the few seconds after you win it back - agility, anticipation and speed are increasingly prized over brute strength. Torreira tackles won Only Lucas Leiva won more tackles than Torreira among midfielders in Serie A last season, while only four midfielders completed more passes. So while Torreira was tethered to the base of Sampdoria''s midfield, he contributed both defensively and to their build-up play with the ball - the destructive and constructive aspects of football if you will. In this excellent analysis of Tottenham's Mousa Dembele last season, my colleague Alistair Tweedale wrote of how the Belgian redefined the notion of the 'box-to-box midfielder'. Dembele affected play offensively and defensively without actually running through the thirds of the pitch, but by patrolling central areas. He was everywhere and yet often stationery. Torreira passes Torreira possesses something similar, though at 22 does have plenty of energy and snap to his play. He makes up for his diminutive frame by anticipating loose balls very well, perhaps a legacy of his time as a striker waiting for the things to drop in box, while possessing the speed to make sure he gets there first. With a low centre of gravity, Torreira is also adept at shielding the ball under pressure which is a real asset against intense pressing. So, Arsenal's potential new signing is neither one thing nor the other. He is neither a 'destroyer' nor quite a pure playmaker in the mould of Andrea Pirlo or Napoli's Jorginho. In short, he could be a link between both departments. Midfielders in top five European leagues 2017-18 | Ball recoveries Where will he fit in? One can only speculate about how Unai Emery will arrange his new charges, but there is no doubt that Torriera would be a welcome midfield addition. A feature, and a problem, with Arsenal's core over the past few years has been the idiosyncratic combinations comprised of 'specialists'. Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, or Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. In isolation, these partnerships were quite effective but relied heavily on individual attributes. Cazorla needed Coquelin's athleticism and defensive output, Coquelin needed Cazorla's technical quality to cover his own shortcomings, Xhaka needs Ramsey's legs and Ramsey needs Xhaka's distribution from deep. None of those players could function with any other partner against serious opposition. Remove one card, and the house tumbles. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? From a squad building perspective, Torreira will be a real asset because he can play with multiple partners in the 4-2-3-1 which is reported to be Emery's preference. He has enough defensive nous and ball-winning capabilities to combine nicely with Xhaka as the main playmaker, but is a good enough passer himself to play with Ramsey and counter-balance the Welshman's 'off-the-ball' style. Of course, the three of them could combine in a 4-3-3, but that raises the thorny issue of shunting Mesut Ozil wide. Unless of course, Emery plays the four of them in a diamond behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Promising on paper, but not a system the Spaniard has used in the past. With Emery yet to manage a game at the Emirates, we are grasping in the dark somewhat. Who will miss out? Aaron Ramsey is yet to sign a new contract, and reports state he will be sold this summer if he refuses. That would see likely see Torreira installed as Xhaka's partner with Ozil ahead of them in the No.10 position. Should Ramsey stay (good news, to be clear) then the situation is more complex. Granit Xhaka played all 38 league games for Arsenal last season Credit: Getty Images There is a widespread antipathy to Xhaka despite his post-January improvement when he showed more defensive rigour. Many will call for him to be thrown on the scrapheap, but Emery enjoyed working with similar types in the form of Steven Nzoni and Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla. If Xhaka's form continues he could be difficult to dislodge, and many feel there is a serious player there within a more structured set-up. We are yet to mention Henrikh Mkhitrayan, Alex Iwobi or Ainsley Maitland-Niles either - or even the potential for a new winger. Every player has a clean slate under Emery, and there could be a hell of a fight on to get in the team. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to edge Portugal past Morocco and closer to the round of 16 at the World Cup.
Forget the GOAT and the goatee - just enjoy Ronaldo and Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to edge Portugal past Morocco and closer to the round of 16 at the World Cup.
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Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
Cómo ver Uruguay vs. Arabia Saudita en vivo y online: streaming y TV
Tras el agónico triunfo ante Egipto, la Celeste busca depositar un pie en los 8vos de final. Toda la información para seguir el encuentro en vivo.
He was arrested on Saturday night.
Predators’ Austin Watson charged with domestic assault
He was arrested on Saturday night.
He was arrested on Saturday night.
Predators’ Austin Watson charged with domestic assault
He was arrested on Saturday night.
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Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Donaldson's monstrous grand slam
Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Donaldson's monstrous grand slam
Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Donaldson's monstrous grand slam
Josh Donaldson cranks a grand slam to dead-center field off Nestor Cortes Jr. to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1 in the top of the 9th inning
Charlotte Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets, per report
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
'OBJECTified' preview: Magic Johnson on son EJ's sexuality
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
'OBJECTified' preview: Magic Johnson on son EJ's sexuality
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
'OBJECTified' preview: Magic Johnson on son EJ's sexuality
Catch a brand new episode of 'OBJECTified,' hosted by TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
Mazda CX-5 Could Be Next In Line For A Turbocharged Engine
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
Mazda CX-5 Could Be Next In Line For A Turbocharged Engine
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
Mazda CX-5 Could Be Next In Line For A Turbocharged Engine
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
Mazda CX-5 Could Be Next In Line For A Turbocharged Engine
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
Mazda CX-5 Could Be Next In Line For A Turbocharged Engine
New documents suggest the SUV could borrow the 2.5-liter unit from the larger CX-9.
The Lakers need the Spurs to play ball to make this happen. They probably will not.
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Peru Press Conference - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 20, 2018 Peru coach Ricardo Gareca and Christian Ramos during the press conference REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
World Cup - Peru Press Conference
Soccer Football - World Cup - Peru Press Conference - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 20, 2018 Peru coach Ricardo Gareca and Christian Ramos during the press conference REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - World Cup - Peru Press Conference - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 20, 2018 Peru coach Ricardo Gareca and Christian Ramos during the press conference REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
World Cup - Peru Press Conference
Soccer Football - World Cup - Peru Press Conference - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 20, 2018 Peru coach Ricardo Gareca and Christian Ramos during the press conference REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Portugal's Goncalo Guedes, right, shots on target as Morocco's Manuel Da Costa, center, challenges for the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Goncalo Guedes, right, shots on target as Morocco's Manuel Da Costa, center, challenges for the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A Morocco fan wearing a lion costume arrives at Sportivnaya metro station to attend the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
A Morocco fan wearing a lion costume arrives at Sportivnaya metro station to attend the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, prepares to shot a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, prepares to shot a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, with blue captain's armband, heads the ball to score the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, with blue captain's armband, heads the ball to score the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds his leg during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds his leg during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The Wizards will play an overseas regular season game for the first time in their franchise history next season.

Morocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outings (AFP Photo/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)
Morocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outings
Morocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outings (AFP Photo/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)
Cristiano Ronaldo sent Portugal more than halfway to the 2018 World Cup knockout stages with a 4th-minute header Wednesday against Morocco. It was his fourth goal of the tournament, and the only one of a 1-0 Portugal victory that eliminated the Atlas Lions, and sent Portugal to the top of Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 4th goal of the 2018 World Cup puts Portugal past stern Morocco test
Cristiano Ronaldo sent Portugal more than halfway to the 2018 World Cup knockout stages with a 4th-minute header Wednesday against Morocco. It was his fourth goal of the tournament, and the only one of a 1-0 Portugal victory that eliminated the Atlas Lions, and sent Portugal to the top of Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo sent Portugal more than halfway to the 2018 World Cup knockout stages with a 4th-minute header Wednesday against Morocco. It was his fourth goal of the tournament, and the only one of a 1-0 Portugal victory that eliminated the Atlas Lions, and sent Portugal to the top of Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 4th goal of the 2018 World Cup puts Portugal past stern Morocco test
Cristiano Ronaldo sent Portugal more than halfway to the 2018 World Cup knockout stages with a 4th-minute header Wednesday against Morocco. It was his fourth goal of the tournament, and the only one of a 1-0 Portugal victory that eliminated the Atlas Lions, and sent Portugal to the top of Group B.
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, says US President Donald Trump is no longer the moral leader of the free world (AFP Photo/NICHOLAS KAMM)
Human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, says US President Donald Trump is no longer the moral leader of the free world
Human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, says US President Donald Trump is no longer the moral leader of the free world (AFP Photo/NICHOLAS KAMM)
Este miércoles, el equipo de Sampaoli practicó en Bronnitsy por la mañana y voló hacia la ciudad donde se jugará todo contra Croacia.
Noticias de la Selección argentina en el Mundial: entrenamiento y vuelo a Nizhny Nóvgorod
Este miércoles, el equipo de Sampaoli practicó en Bronnitsy por la mañana y voló hacia la ciudad donde se jugará todo contra Croacia.
Este miércoles, el equipo de Sampaoli practicó en Bronnitsy por la mañana y voló hacia la ciudad donde se jugará todo contra Croacia.
Noticias de la Selección argentina en el Mundial: entrenamiento y vuelo a Nizhny Nóvgorod
Este miércoles, el equipo de Sampaoli practicó en Bronnitsy por la mañana y voló hacia la ciudad donde se jugará todo contra Croacia.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory with Pepe after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory with Pepe after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Faycal Fajr looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Faycal Fajr looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco players form a wall to defend a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco players form a wall to defend a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Adrien Silva shakes hands with Morocco's Ayoub El Kaabi after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Adrien Silva shakes hands with Morocco's Ayoub El Kaabi after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal players applaud their fans after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal players applaud their fans after the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe celebrate after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe celebrate after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo after being fouled REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo after being fouled REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia misses a chance to score REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia misses a chance to score REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia in action with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia in action with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Nabil Dirar looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Bruno Fernandes comes on as a substitute to replace Joao Mario REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Bruno Fernandes comes on as a substitute to replace Joao Mario REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Morocco's Medhi Benatia REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Morocco's Medhi Benatia REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
2018 NBA Draft Second Round Steals
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
2018 NBA Draft Second Round Steals
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
2018 NBA Draft Second Round Steals
These are the late picks that are going to be names you know in a few years.
England's players enjoyed a day off from World Cup duty in Russia, as Gareth Southgate's team prepare for their second group stage game against Panama on Sunday. England's training base in Repino is an approximate 45-minute drive from St Petersburg - the former capital of Imperial Russia and crucible of 1917's October Revolution. Players went off to explore the historic city on the Gulf of Finland, which will host one of the World Cup semi-finals. Jordan Henderson shared an Instagram story while touring the Hermitage - a museum of art and culture that is the second-biggest in the world, located on the Palace Embankment near the Winter Palace. Fabian Delph did likewise in front of the picturesque Church of the Saviour on Blood - where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded by an assassination attempt in 1881. If you can’t have an inflatable unicorn race after a win, when can you? �� A post shared by England (@england) on Jun 20, 2018 at 5:56am PDT There is also much to keep the players occupied at their Repino training base, including races on inflatable unicorns in the indoor swimming pool. There is also a games room and basketball court, as well as full access to English television to ensure Love Island watchers get their fix. England will travel to Nizhny Novgorod - a closed city during the Soviet era - later in the week for the match against Panama. Dele Alli is a doubt after a scan revealed a minor strain, while Gareth Southgate is also considering replacing Raheem Sterling with Marcus Rashford. Fabian Delph was just one England player exploring St Petersburg Credit: Instagram: @fabian_delph Southgate said: “We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama to make sure we get the result in that game we need. “I think the players know it’s hard to win a match in the World Cup against any opposition and Tunisia were opposition we respected. “But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we’ll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it.” England's campaign got off to a dramatic start with Harry Kane scoring a 90th-minute winner against Tunisia. It was the first time England had won their opening game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Inflatable unicorns and St Petersburg sightseeing: England players enjoy day off at World Cup 2018
England's players enjoyed a day off from World Cup duty in Russia, as Gareth Southgate's team prepare for their second group stage game against Panama on Sunday. England's training base in Repino is an approximate 45-minute drive from St Petersburg - the former capital of Imperial Russia and crucible of 1917's October Revolution. Players went off to explore the historic city on the Gulf of Finland, which will host one of the World Cup semi-finals. Jordan Henderson shared an Instagram story while touring the Hermitage - a museum of art and culture that is the second-biggest in the world, located on the Palace Embankment near the Winter Palace. Fabian Delph did likewise in front of the picturesque Church of the Saviour on Blood - where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded by an assassination attempt in 1881. If you can’t have an inflatable unicorn race after a win, when can you? �� A post shared by England (@england) on Jun 20, 2018 at 5:56am PDT There is also much to keep the players occupied at their Repino training base, including races on inflatable unicorns in the indoor swimming pool. There is also a games room and basketball court, as well as full access to English television to ensure Love Island watchers get their fix. England will travel to Nizhny Novgorod - a closed city during the Soviet era - later in the week for the match against Panama. Dele Alli is a doubt after a scan revealed a minor strain, while Gareth Southgate is also considering replacing Raheem Sterling with Marcus Rashford. Fabian Delph was just one England player exploring St Petersburg Credit: Instagram: @fabian_delph Southgate said: “We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama to make sure we get the result in that game we need. “I think the players know it’s hard to win a match in the World Cup against any opposition and Tunisia were opposition we respected. “But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we’ll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it.” England's campaign got off to a dramatic start with Harry Kane scoring a 90th-minute winner against Tunisia. It was the first time England had won their opening game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England's players enjoyed a day off from World Cup duty in Russia, as Gareth Southgate's team prepare for their second group stage game against Panama on Sunday. England's training base in Repino is an approximate 45-minute drive from St Petersburg - the former capital of Imperial Russia and crucible of 1917's October Revolution. Players went off to explore the historic city on the Gulf of Finland, which will host one of the World Cup semi-finals. Jordan Henderson shared an Instagram story while touring the Hermitage - a museum of art and culture that is the second-biggest in the world, located on the Palace Embankment near the Winter Palace. Fabian Delph did likewise in front of the picturesque Church of the Saviour on Blood - where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded by an assassination attempt in 1881. If you can’t have an inflatable unicorn race after a win, when can you? �� A post shared by England (@england) on Jun 20, 2018 at 5:56am PDT There is also much to keep the players occupied at their Repino training base, including races on inflatable unicorns in the indoor swimming pool. There is also a games room and basketball court, as well as full access to English television to ensure Love Island watchers get their fix. England will travel to Nizhny Novgorod - a closed city during the Soviet era - later in the week for the match against Panama. Dele Alli is a doubt after a scan revealed a minor strain, while Gareth Southgate is also considering replacing Raheem Sterling with Marcus Rashford. Fabian Delph was just one England player exploring St Petersburg Credit: Instagram: @fabian_delph Southgate said: “We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama to make sure we get the result in that game we need. “I think the players know it’s hard to win a match in the World Cup against any opposition and Tunisia were opposition we respected. “But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we’ll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it.” England's campaign got off to a dramatic start with Harry Kane scoring a 90th-minute winner against Tunisia. It was the first time England had won their opening game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Inflatable unicorns and St Petersburg sightseeing: England players enjoy day off at World Cup 2018
England's players enjoyed a day off from World Cup duty in Russia, as Gareth Southgate's team prepare for their second group stage game against Panama on Sunday. England's training base in Repino is an approximate 45-minute drive from St Petersburg - the former capital of Imperial Russia and crucible of 1917's October Revolution. Players went off to explore the historic city on the Gulf of Finland, which will host one of the World Cup semi-finals. Jordan Henderson shared an Instagram story while touring the Hermitage - a museum of art and culture that is the second-biggest in the world, located on the Palace Embankment near the Winter Palace. Fabian Delph did likewise in front of the picturesque Church of the Saviour on Blood - where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded by an assassination attempt in 1881. If you can’t have an inflatable unicorn race after a win, when can you? �� A post shared by England (@england) on Jun 20, 2018 at 5:56am PDT There is also much to keep the players occupied at their Repino training base, including races on inflatable unicorns in the indoor swimming pool. There is also a games room and basketball court, as well as full access to English television to ensure Love Island watchers get their fix. England will travel to Nizhny Novgorod - a closed city during the Soviet era - later in the week for the match against Panama. Dele Alli is a doubt after a scan revealed a minor strain, while Gareth Southgate is also considering replacing Raheem Sterling with Marcus Rashford. Fabian Delph was just one England player exploring St Petersburg Credit: Instagram: @fabian_delph Southgate said: “We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama to make sure we get the result in that game we need. “I think the players know it’s hard to win a match in the World Cup against any opposition and Tunisia were opposition we respected. “But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we’ll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it.” England's campaign got off to a dramatic start with Harry Kane scoring a 90th-minute winner against Tunisia. It was the first time England had won their opening game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Female World Cup reporter sexually assaulted on live TV
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Female World Cup reporter sexually assaulted on live TV
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Female World Cup reporter sexually assaulted on live TV
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez was in the middle of a World Cup report in Russia when a man abruptly jumped into her shot and got handsy on live TV. The man jumped into her frame and grabbed her chest while planting a kiss on her cheek.
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal a un paso de octavos elimina a Marruecos
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal a un paso de octavos elimina a Marruecos
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal a un paso de octavos elimina a Marruecos
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
Portugal a un paso de octavos elimina a Marruecos
Portugal dio un paso hacia los octavos de final del Mundial-2018 tras ganarle a Marruecos por 1-0, con un tanto de Cristiano Ronaldo. La segunda derrota del seleccionado marroquí lo convierte en el primer equipo matemáticamente eliminado.
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
Hornets Trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
Hornets Trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
Hornets Trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
Hornets Trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov
The Hornets have reportedly traded Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania.
The white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, likes his teams to play brave, possession-based football and this Morocco side was no different. Renard, the only coach to win African Nations titles with two different countries, had his team set up to press Portugal all over the pitch and they comfortably won the battle in midfield. Morocco had more of the ball, more of the chances and even before they fell behind in the fourth minute, had announced themselves as the team that would attack. But Fernando Santos’ team park the bus as expertly as any other. Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. Cristiano Ronaldo struck early in the game, on the first occasion that questions were asked of the Morocco defence. Ronaldo attacked Moutinho’s cross superbly, backing off and then coming through the crowd to put his head where others only lunged with their boots. The ball hits the back of the net from Cristiano Ronaldo's header Credit: getty images Morocco had been caught cold but it was notable how effective they were once the team had settled down. Ronaldo tried switching over to the right side shortly after his goal but he got little change out of his Real Madrid team-mate Achraf Hakimi, the 19-year-old prodigy who is on the front foot and attacking-minded as a full-back. All over midfield Morocco won possession and turned it into attack quickly, often gaining the ball through their excellent holding midfielder, Karim Elahmadi of Feyenoord. Their most talented player, Hakim Ziyach, who plays right-sided in a five-man midfield, was the most creative but there were other impressive performances, including Younes Belhandia, a No 10 who joins the attack quickly, and Nourredine Amrabat on the right. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. In the second half he brought on the striker Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in his squad who still plays club football in Morocco. There was a superb Rui Patricio save from a Belhandia header, a timely Pepe block late on, and by the end this determined Portugal team had Morocco at arm’s length. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield
The white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, likes his teams to play brave, possession-based football and this Morocco side was no different. Renard, the only coach to win African Nations titles with two different countries, had his team set up to press Portugal all over the pitch and they comfortably won the battle in midfield. Morocco had more of the ball, more of the chances and even before they fell behind in the fourth minute, had announced themselves as the team that would attack. But Fernando Santos’ team park the bus as expertly as any other. Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. Cristiano Ronaldo struck early in the game, on the first occasion that questions were asked of the Morocco defence. Ronaldo attacked Moutinho’s cross superbly, backing off and then coming through the crowd to put his head where others only lunged with their boots. The ball hits the back of the net from Cristiano Ronaldo's header Credit: getty images Morocco had been caught cold but it was notable how effective they were once the team had settled down. Ronaldo tried switching over to the right side shortly after his goal but he got little change out of his Real Madrid team-mate Achraf Hakimi, the 19-year-old prodigy who is on the front foot and attacking-minded as a full-back. All over midfield Morocco won possession and turned it into attack quickly, often gaining the ball through their excellent holding midfielder, Karim Elahmadi of Feyenoord. Their most talented player, Hakim Ziyach, who plays right-sided in a five-man midfield, was the most creative but there were other impressive performances, including Younes Belhandia, a No 10 who joins the attack quickly, and Nourredine Amrabat on the right. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. In the second half he brought on the striker Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in his squad who still plays club football in Morocco. There was a superb Rui Patricio save from a Belhandia header, a timely Pepe block late on, and by the end this determined Portugal team had Morocco at arm’s length. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, likes his teams to play brave, possession-based football and this Morocco side was no different. Renard, the only coach to win African Nations titles with two different countries, had his team set up to press Portugal all over the pitch and they comfortably won the battle in midfield. Morocco had more of the ball, more of the chances and even before they fell behind in the fourth minute, had announced themselves as the team that would attack. But Fernando Santos’ team park the bus as expertly as any other. Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. Cristiano Ronaldo struck early in the game, on the first occasion that questions were asked of the Morocco defence. Ronaldo attacked Moutinho’s cross superbly, backing off and then coming through the crowd to put his head where others only lunged with their boots. The ball hits the back of the net from Cristiano Ronaldo's header Credit: getty images Morocco had been caught cold but it was notable how effective they were once the team had settled down. Ronaldo tried switching over to the right side shortly after his goal but he got little change out of his Real Madrid team-mate Achraf Hakimi, the 19-year-old prodigy who is on the front foot and attacking-minded as a full-back. All over midfield Morocco won possession and turned it into attack quickly, often gaining the ball through their excellent holding midfielder, Karim Elahmadi of Feyenoord. Their most talented player, Hakim Ziyach, who plays right-sided in a five-man midfield, was the most creative but there were other impressive performances, including Younes Belhandia, a No 10 who joins the attack quickly, and Nourredine Amrabat on the right. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. In the second half he brought on the striker Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in his squad who still plays club football in Morocco. There was a superb Rui Patricio save from a Belhandia header, a timely Pepe block late on, and by the end this determined Portugal team had Morocco at arm’s length. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield
The white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, likes his teams to play brave, possession-based football and this Morocco side was no different. Renard, the only coach to win African Nations titles with two different countries, had his team set up to press Portugal all over the pitch and they comfortably won the battle in midfield. Morocco had more of the ball, more of the chances and even before they fell behind in the fourth minute, had announced themselves as the team that would attack. But Fernando Santos’ team park the bus as expertly as any other. Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. Cristiano Ronaldo struck early in the game, on the first occasion that questions were asked of the Morocco defence. Ronaldo attacked Moutinho’s cross superbly, backing off and then coming through the crowd to put his head where others only lunged with their boots. The ball hits the back of the net from Cristiano Ronaldo's header Credit: getty images Morocco had been caught cold but it was notable how effective they were once the team had settled down. Ronaldo tried switching over to the right side shortly after his goal but he got little change out of his Real Madrid team-mate Achraf Hakimi, the 19-year-old prodigy who is on the front foot and attacking-minded as a full-back. All over midfield Morocco won possession and turned it into attack quickly, often gaining the ball through their excellent holding midfielder, Karim Elahmadi of Feyenoord. Their most talented player, Hakim Ziyach, who plays right-sided in a five-man midfield, was the most creative but there were other impressive performances, including Younes Belhandia, a No 10 who joins the attack quickly, and Nourredine Amrabat on the right. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. In the second half he brought on the striker Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in his squad who still plays club football in Morocco. There was a superb Rui Patricio save from a Belhandia header, a timely Pepe block late on, and by the end this determined Portugal team had Morocco at arm’s length. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as they inspect the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo
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