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Morocco vs Portugal score, result: Ronaldo’s World Cup ends in tears as African nation reach semifinals for first time



Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal poured on the pressure, but could not find a way through. In the end, heart won over pedigree as Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal was enough to send Morocco through by a 1-0 scoreline.

With the win, Morocco are the first African nation to reach the semifinals of a FIFA World Cup, succeeding where three before them fell agonizingly short.

En-Nesyri towered high in the sky to head home just before halftime, and the Moroccan defense took over from there, stifling the Portugal attack for the full 90 minutes. Ronaldo started the match on the bench, with Fernando Santos again favoring young Goncalo Ramos in the attack, but the Portugal manager turned to his aging captain just minutes after halfitme.

It ultimately had little effect, as Ronaldo missed his one good opportunity to change the game later. Rafael Leao was the true injection of attacking flair, but his introduction came too late to alter the scoreline.

Meanwhile, Morocco midfielders Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi made the difference throughout the game, and replacement defender Yahia Attiyat Allah also put forth a massive effort. Morocco captain Romain Saiss came off injured in the second half, and substitute Walid Cheddira was sent off in injury time, but it made no difference as the African nation remained solid in shape and structure. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was also enormous, making a number of huge saves to keep the clean sheet and secure qualification where they’ll face the winner of England vs. France.

The Sporting News was tracking live scoring updates and highlights for Morocco vs Portugal at the 2022 World Cup. See below for complete results and highlights from the quarterfinal match in Qatar.

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Ronaldo is distraught! 😧#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup

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Morocco vs Portugal final score

  1H 2H Final
Morocco 1 0 1
Portugal 0 0 0

42nd min — MAR — Youssouf En-Nesyri [WATCH: USA | UK | Canada | Australia]

90+1 min — MAR — Walid Cheddira (2nd yellow card)

Confirmed lineups:

Morocco confirmed lineup (4-3-3): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 5. Aguerd, 6. Saiss (Dari, 58′), 25. Attiyah Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah (Benoun, 64′) — 7. Ziyech (Aboukhlal, 82′), 19. En-Nesyri (Cheddira, 64′), 17. Boufal (Jabrane, 82′)

Portugal confirmed lineup (4-3-3): 22. Costa (GK) — 2. Dalot, 3. Pepe, 4. Dias, 5. Guerreiro (Cancelo, 51′) — 25. Otavio (Vitinha, 69′), 18. Neves (Ronaldo, 51′), 10. Silva — 8. Fernandes, 26. Ramos (Leao, 69′), 11. Felix

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Morocco vs Portugal live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup

🤯 In the 92 year history of the #FIFAWorldCup, Morocco become the first African side to ever reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

🙌 Their 1-0 victory over Portugal at the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar sees the Atlas Lions make history.

— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) December 10, 2022
FINAL: Morocco 1-0 Portugal

IT’S OVER! MOROCCO MAKE HISTORY! They become the first African nation to reach the World Cup semifinals! Where three others fell apart late, Morocco stand tall!

Portugal had a number of chances late, but just could not get through past the Herculean effort from the Moroccan defense. It’s glory for Morocco, and heartbreak for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo is shown heading straight down the tunnel in tears, unable to hold his emotion together.

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Morocco vs Portugal: 2nd Half

90+7 min: Chance, Portugal! PEPE MISSES! He out-jumps Attiyat Allah and gets his head to a cross from Rafael Leao, but he hits it wide! It’s a glorious chance to level the score right on the doorstep, but he can’t get it on frame! What a chance, what a missed opportunity!

90+6 min: Chance, Morocco! Portugal have thrown numbers forward and understandably left themselves exposed at the back, but Diogo Costa comes up huge! The substitute Zakaria Aboukhlal is through on goal one-on-one, but he can’t get by Costa who comes off his line! This game is end-to-end!

90+3 min: RED CARD! Two bookings in a minute for substitute striker Walid Cheddira who trips Joao Felix, and Morocco are down to 10 men! It’s just the second red card of this entire World Cup, and now the African nation will have to defend a man down for the final six minutes of added time!

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Cheddira is shown a second yellow after this challenge 🟥

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

90+1 min: Chance, Portugal! CRISTIANO RONALDO DENIED! The Portugal frontman rifles a shot on frame, but it’s right at Yassine Bounou and the Moroccan goalkeeper makes no mistake down low at his near post. That’s a poor effort from Ronaldo with a chance to level the score! Will it be his last action at a World Cup?

Walid Cheddira gets a yellow card for hacking down Pepe. There’s eight minutes of added time.

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Portugal is pushing for the equalizer but come up empty again! #FIFAWorldCup

TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2022

87th min: Portugal are in panic mode now, sending crosses into the penalty area en masse. They’re not the tamest of deliveries! This will be some finish, with Portugal pouring on the pressure.

Vitinha scythes down Azzedine Ounahi and earns a yellow card. Portugal players are in the official’s ear as Morocco take their time getting back to play. The frustration is bubbling up.



— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 10, 2022

83rd min: Chance, Portugal! WHAT A SAVE BOUNOU! Joao Felix hits a MISSILE but the Moroccan goalkeeper makes a STUNNING save! It’s full-stretch up to the top-left corner of the net, athletically parrying the Atletico Madrid forward’s hit away. Wow! Is that the moment Morocco needed?

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A glorious chance is thwarted by an even better save! #FIFAWorldCup

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2022

81st min: A very risky substitution from Morocco head coach Walid Regragui sees stars Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal come off, the last of his available substitutions. Ziyech appeared to potentially be carrying an injury.

Walid Regragui is the first African man to manage in a World Cup quarterfinal 🇲🇦

ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 10, 2022

80th min: With 10 minutes to go plus stoppage time, it’s just not happening for Portugal at the moment. Their passes seem to have the right idea in mind, but the execution isn’t there. Rafael Leao is the one who wants the ball, and certainly he’ll attempt a few take-ons before this one is up.

75th min: Chance, Morocco! Well, Portugal will need to remember that Morocco can still counter-attack! After clearing the corner wave, Morocco go down the other end and nearly produce a dagger, with great work by Azzedine Ounahi on the ball, but Walid Cheddira can’t produce the finish necessary and the chance fizzles without a shot.

That Moroccan counter-attack was nearly one of the best transition goals I would’ve ever seen at any level

The way they carved from back to front there was remarkable. Portugal just manage to hold on to avoid Morocco doubling their lead#FIFAWorldCup

— Alexandre Gangué-Ruzic (@AlexGangueRuzic) December 10, 2022

74th min: Morocco are defending more and more as Portugal pour on the pressure. The African side continues to weather the storm, as they manage to clear a trio of corners in succession. Portugal feel as if they still have something to offer, but time is starting to be a factor.

68th min: Portugal send a looping ball in for Cristiano Ronaldo who just can’t quite get his head onto the delivery. It’s close!

Raphael Leao comes on for Portugal. He’s a terrifying player to bring off the bench and has been a terror for opposing defenses late in games this World Cup. Goncalo Ramos is the attacker replaced, while Vitinha comes into midfield for Otavio.

64th min: Chance, Portugal! The European attack is starting to build momentum, and Bruno Fernandes fires over the crossbar! He had space atop the 18-yard box, but his effort was poor and misses the target.

Morocco make a pair of changes, with the goalscorer Youssef En-Nesyri and Aelim Amallah coming off, replaced by Walid Cheddira and Badr Benoun. A tactical shift may be in order.

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Bruno Fernandes almost finds the equalizer! #FIFAWorldCup

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2022

61st min: Some sensational defending by Yahia Attiyat Allah gets the ball off the feet of Diogo Dalot at the edge of the penalty area. Attiyat Allah, who plays domestically in the Moroccan league, had huge shoes to fill today in place of an injured left-back Noussair Mazraoui, but he’s done spectacularly.

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Yahia Attiyat Allah and Morocco’s defense continues to cause problems for Portugal 😤

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

59th min: Ronaldo is involved for the first time, but he’s dispossessed at the top of the penalty area with a number of Portuguese attackers in support. They haven’t looked marketably better since the substitutions, but it takes just one moment of brilliance from a brilliant player to get them back in this.

57th min: A real rough sight for Morocco sees their captain Romain Saiss stretchered off with what appears to be a muscle issue, potentially one that’s lingered throughout the tournament having cropped up on the pre-match injury report. He’s head in hands as he comes off, surrounded by teammates in support. That’s a huge loss for Morocco in central defense. He’s replaced by Achraf Dari who plays for Brest in the French top flight.

Hakimi the only regular member of Morocco’s back four left on the pitch after Saiss is stretchered off. A long time to hang on to a one goal lead so they need some more magic from Boufal

— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) December 10, 2022

51st min: It didn’t take long! Fernando Santos makes a pair of changes, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo coming onto the field for the majority of the second half. It’s the 196th international cap for Ronaldo, which equals the men’s international record set by Bader Al-Mutawa of Kuwait.

The double substitution is a real injection of attacking talent for the European side which trails by a goal.

Here comes Cristiano Ronaldo. 👀#FIFAWorldCup

NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 10, 2022

50th min: Chance, Morocco! On a free-kick won by Achraf Hakimi, the delivery is sensational, and causes real problems for Diogo Costa in goal. He fails to come out and collect, and three Moroccan players come agonizingly close to getting to the ball, but no one can quite reach the ball and Costa parries away. 

46th min: The second half is under way. No changes for either side, but it would track that Cristiano Ronaldo would be waiting in the wings if this deficit lasts much longer!

“Gonzo” Ramos has been a non-factor for Portugal up top so far. Cristiano Ronaldo is waiting in the wings. Portugal🇵🇹 in need of goals. Morocco🇲🇦 content to just defend and counter. Just saying.

— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) December 10, 2022
HALFTIME: Morocco 1-0 Portugal

5 mins to 2H: Morocco are 45 minutes away from making history, as no African nation has ever made the semifinals of a FIFA World Cup. Three have tried, and three have failed, with two falling in extra time and one on penalties. The three before them were all agonizingly close, can Morocco break the duck?

What a first half for Morocco!

They are 45 min away from history.
Yalla Morocco🇲🇦 !!

Will they do it?#MARPOR #PORMAR #Qatar2022 #WorldCup #WorldCup2022 #MoroccoVsPortugal

BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) December 10, 2022

10 mins to 2H: Let’s take a minute to appreciate Youssef En-Nesyri’s vertical leap on the Morocco goal. He’d missed two good headed chances earlier in the match, but cashed in by beating Diogo Costa to the ball in the air on this opportunity. Climbing the ladder!

Youssef En-Nesyri went 🆙⬆️ for Morocco 😳

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

Halftime: Catch your breath! A furious finish to the half sees Morocco ahead at the break, with Portugal really struggling to keep up. Both sides have had good chances, but the European side will feel they were beaten well through that first 45 minutes. They did better than Spain to find openings in the Moroccan organization, but it hasn’t resulted in many more opportunities in front of net.

Credit the Morocco midfield, which is running the show and forcing Portugal to lump it long, hoping to bypass the middle of the pitch. Azzedine Ounahi has been the pick of the lot, completing 17 of 18 passes, creating two chances, and winning three of his four ground duels.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal is the difference at the break! Will we see Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half with Portugal chasing the game?

Azzedine Ounahi is having a brilliant game in the centre of midfield.

He was playing French third division football last year and now he’s balling in the World Cup quarter-final. Love it.#MAR | #POR | #FIFAWorldCup

— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) December 10, 2022
Morocco vs Portugal: First half

45+2 min: Chance, Morocco! The game has exploded to life after the goal! Portugal are screaming for a penalty after a foul on Bruno Fernandes in the penalty area, but it’s waved away. Down the other end, Morocco nearly have a second on a wide-open counter, but left-back Yahia Attiyat Allah whips the shot wide left.

45th min: Chance, Portugal! Well, now it’s a nervy moment for Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou! A speculative delivery (was it a cross or a shot?) from the right by Bruno Fernandes dips up and over Bounou and rattles the crossbar! How he got that on frame on the volley is baffling, but it’s close to the equalizer!

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Bruno Fernandes was this close to leveling the score for Portugal 😬

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

42nd min: GOAL! MOROCCO! They’ve got their precious opener! It’s a HUGE mistake from Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who comes out to punch away a cross by Yahia Attiyat Allah, but completely misses. He’s beaten in the air by Youssef En-Nesyri, who makes amends for his pair of misses earlier and bags the opener on his third opportunity.

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“Dare I say Ronaldo-esque!” 👀

En-Nesyri puts Morocco in the lead right before half-time with this expert leap to beat Portugal keeper Diogo Costa to the ball! 🙌🇲🇦#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 10, 2022

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A towering header from En-Nesyri gives the Atlas Lions the lead at half-time!

📻 LISTEN: #SBSWorldCup #WeAllSpeakFootball #FIFAWorldCup

— SBS Sport (@SBSSportau) December 10, 2022

37th min: Oh my days Achraf Hakimi, what a backheel flick down the right touchline to spring a breakaway! It comes to nothing as Portugal cut out the chance in midfield, but that was saucy! A gorgeous bit of skill from the talented PSG full-back.

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This passing by Morocco 🔥

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

35th min: Chance, Morocco! All their attacks have come via counters, and they work another incisive break down the right which moves to the opposite flank on a great switch from Azzedine Ounahi. Eventually they find Selim Amallah wide open from a central area, but his rifled shot is golfed way over the crossbar. It’s a very poor finish from a very dangerous location, Morocco will need to put those away if they have any mind of scoring on this Portugal defense.

31st min: Chance, Portugal! Again, Portugal cause problems with a ball from deep that bypasses the Morocco midfield, and it bounces to the feet of Joao Felix at the top of the penalty area. He lets rip on the volley, and it’s an excellent effort, but takes a slight deflection and fizzes just inches over the crossbar. The closest they’ve come yet!

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Portugal nearly had one here 👀

João Félix’s shot takes a deflection and just misses

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A crazy deflection almost spells trouble for Morocco, but the ball sails harmlessly over the bar! #FIFAWorldCup

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2022

29th min: Portugal seem to have the right ideas in breaking down this Morocco side, which is more than Spain could say, but the execution has largely been poor thus far. A long-ball for Raphael Guerrero from Bruno Fernandes down the left is too deep, and wastes possession. The Morocco midfield, which seemed to expend so much energy in the Spain game, has again looked tireless.

#POR targeting #MAR flanks with balls over the top & the FBs pushing up to either latch onto second balls or provide support for wingers. 🇲🇦 diligent so far.#FIFAWorldCup

— Peter Galindo (@GalindoPW) December 10, 2022

26th min: Chance, Morocco! En-Nesyri again gets his head to a delivery, this time from a free-kick straightaway in midfield after a Ruben Neves foul, but he flubs it, sending it way over the crossbar. That’s the second headed chance for the Moroccan striker, but he’s come up empty with both.

22nd min: Morocco have a pair of corners, but they’re wasted, especially the second which is taken short but never found service into the 18-yard box.

Down the other end, goalkeeper Yassine Bounou is thumped hard in an aerial duel with Bruno Fernandes but gets up and will continue.

18th min: Spain struggled to pass their way through Morocco, and Portugal have clearly chosen to attack them differently. The attack against Morocco for this match has focused more on using the full-backs in wide areas or going over the top with long balls. It’s created many more openings than Spain found through their 120 minutes.

the two things that Spain refused to do against Morocco

-play the ball over the top
-release the fullbacks as outlets for the long ball

right now it’s pretty much Portugal’s entire attacking plan

— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) December 10, 2022

13th min: Portugal again look quality from a set-piece delivery, almost identical to the previous free-kick, but a whack from Raphael Guerrero is blocked before it can reach the target. The hit was vicious and appeared to be headed on frame had it made its way through the trees.

11th min: Morocco again counter ferociously down the left, but a through-ball for Selim Amallah is picked out and smothered by Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Portugal will be at most vulnerable when attacking so they have to make sure they are set up right defensively when attacking. Morocco so quick on the counter.

— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) December 10, 2022

7th min: Chance, Morocco! Off Morocco’s first corner, earned via a counter-attack, Youssef En-Nesyri gets a free header but it’s over the bar! One headed chance for each side, one miss for each side. A bright start to the match!

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What a chance for Morocco!

Youssef En-Nesyri gets a shot off but it’s above the crossbar 🇲🇦

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 10, 2022

5th min: Chance, Portugal! The first real action of the match took a few minutes, but Yassine Bounou is called into action for the first time, likely the first of many. Joao Felix gets his head to a Portugal free-kick, but it’s parried away by the Morocco goalkeeper. A great stop!

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First real test for Yassine Bounou, but he fight off the chance nicely. #FIFAWorldCup

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2022

Kickoff: The match is under way! Portugal look to reach their second semifinal in the last 20 years, while Morocco search to become the first African side ever to reach a World Cup semifinal.

Morocco vs Portugal: Pre-match team news, analysis, commentary

7 mins to kickoff: Seems there are some reports of fans struggling to get inside Al Thumama Stadium for this match. Hopefully it subsides and those who paid to be in the stadium can get in their seats soon!

For the first time I have seen at #FIFAWorldCup    2022… some issues with moving the fans into the stadium… First bottleneck.. #POR v #MOR

— Nick Cavell (@Nic_Cavell) December 10, 2022

Erm, where is everyone? This is just as teams are about to come out at a World Cup quarter final.

— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) December 10, 2022

15 mins to kickoff: When it comes to World Cup match predictions, it’s hard to do better than a World Pup. Here’s Helen of Atlanta United, who selects favorites Portugal. You may have your thoughts on Helen’s prediction, but there is no debating that Helen is a very good dog.

World Pup Helen made her pick for 🇲🇦 Morocco vs Portugal 🇵🇹

Who do you think is advancing to the semifinals? ⤵️

— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 10, 2022

30 mins to kickoff: Morocco coach Walid Regraugi before the match: “I’m not sure if Cristiano Ronaldo plays, but I hope he doesn’t. He’s one of the greatest ever and I’d be delighted if he doesn’t play against us.”

For now, that’s come true, but careful what you wish for, coach.

40 mins to kickoff: The tactical battle today will be Bruno Fernandes vs the Morocco midfield structure. Without Nayef Aguerd, the African side is a little softer in the middle, but still should stand tall against this relentless Portugal attack.

Goncalo Ramos got the headlines against Switzerland, but Fernandes has been Portugal’s best player this tournament on the whole. He’s been the highest-rated player of the tournament so far according to statistical website SofaScore, and he has German midfield legend Bastian Schweinsteiger purring.

Bastian Schweinsteiger on Bruno Fernandes: “I call him ‘the brain’. Like he literally moves so smart on the field and do you know what, you actually like kind of underestimate [his work rate].” [mu] #mufc

— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) December 10, 2022

1 hr 10 mins from kickoff: Lineups are now official, and indeed both injured Moroccan players are out for the Atlas Lions, a big blow.

For Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo remains on the bench as Fernando Santos has made just one change to his starting lineup that crushed Switzerland, bringing Ruben Neves back into midfield in place of William Carvalho.

1 hr 25 mins from kickoff: There are two critical players who could be missing from the Morocco lineup today. Bayern Munich defender Noussair Mazraoui is a real concern, as he and Achraf Hakimi represent one of the best full-back duos at the World Cup. They could also be missing West Ham midfielder Nayef Aguerd, as both were withdrawn due to injury in the Round of 16 win over Spain.

Their replacements would be Yahia Attiyah Allah and Jawad El Yamiq respectively. Attiyah Allah is a domestic-based full-back, while El Yamiq is a natural center-back who has seen just 433 minutes for Real Valladolid in La Liga this season. The official lineups have not yet come out but are due to any minute, and a pair of BBC reporters with African connections are claiming the two will not be fit to play.

Noussair Mazraoui and Nayef Aguerd OUT for Morocco due to injuries. Not even on the bench.

Massive blow for Morocco.

— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) December 10, 2022

Morocco team news: Huge blow for the north African side, Nayef Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui are both out injured.#Mar #Por #FIFAWorldCup

— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) December 10, 2022

1 hr 40 mins from kickoff: No African nation has ever reached the semifinals of a World Cup. Only three have reached the quarterfinals in history, and none were able to progress. Those teams were Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010, and all three came extremely close.

Cameroon fell on a heartbreaker to England 3-2 in extra-time, downed by Gary Lineker from the penalty spot. Senegal also came extremely close, crushed by a 94th minute extra-time goal by Turkey when golden goals were still in play. Ghana also made it to extra time and then to penalties, but Uruguay advanced 4-2 in the shootout.

Today, #MAR attempts to become the first African nation to reach a #FIFAWorldCup semifinal.

3 previously made the QF. All 3 came extremely close.

⏱ 105′ — England 3-2 Cameroon (1998, AET)
⏱ 94 — Turkey 1-0 Senegal (2002, golden goal)
⏱ 102′ — Uruguay 4-2 Ghana (2010, pens)

— Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire) December 10, 2022

2 hrs from kickoff: The countdown to kickoff is ticking and we’re just one hour away from confirmed the starting 11s. Sofiane Boufal and Nayef Aguerd are both doubts for Morocco after being substituted off against Spain. Boufal’s absence would be an especially key blow. 

Portugal have kept a clean bill of health since the group stages but Ruben Dias, Joao Felix, Bruno Fernandes, and Ruben Neves are all one yellow card away from suspension. 

2 hrs 10 from kickoff: Portugal are likely to lineup without their greatest every player today, after Goncalo Ramos was preferred to Cristiano Ronaldo against Switzerland. This could be Ronaldo’s last World Cup game… 

🇵🇹 Portugal before Cristiano Ronaldo:

👎 Only qualified for 3 World Cups
👎 Only qualified for 3 EURO Championships
❌ No major trophies

🇵🇹 Portugal since Cristiano Ronaldo:

👍 Qualified for 5 World Cups
👍 Qualified for 5 EURO Championships
🏆 Won 2 major trophies

— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) December 10, 2022

2 hrs 55 from kickoff: Goncalo Ramos played just 10 minutes in the group stages before announcing himself to the world in the last-16. The Benfica striker smashed an incredible hat-trick past Switzerland in Portugal’s thumping 6-1 win, adding an assist for Raphael Guerreiro.

At just 21-years-old Ramos has been on fire for Benfica this season, scoring 14 goals (all competitions) for the Portuguese side. Now Fernando Santos has a huge decision for the quarterfinal: play the red-hot youngster… or bring Cristiano Ronaldo back into the team? 

3 hrs 10 from kickoff: When the full-time whistle blows and either Morocco or Portugal have confirmed their place in the semifinal, attention will turn to the Al Bayt Stadium. England face defending champions France in an all-star European heavyweight clash, with the winner facing either Cristiano Ronaldo and Co or the African history-makers.

Sporting News has all the latest team news and build-up.

3 hrs 35 from kickoff: All of Africa will be getting behind Morocco today, in their very first World Cup quarterfinal. Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal and Samuel Eto’o’s native Cameroon have all gone home but that hasn’t stopped the legendary ex-Barcelona striker cheering for Morocco. 

History is made 🇲🇦 The fourth African team to ever make it to the quarter finals. Bravo Morocco 👏🏿

— Samuel Eto’o (@SamuelEtoo) December 6, 2022

4 hrs 10 from kickoff: “A group too close to be broken by outside forces,” says Cristiano Ronaldo, hitting back at the intense scrutiny that has followed his nation. The CR7 circus ramped up in the countdown to Qatar 2022 with Ronaldo’s “betrayed” interview and subsequent termination of his Man United deal. The clamour didn’t die down in time for Qatar, meaning rumours and theories have swirled around Portugal and Ronaldo constantly. So far, their performances have been unaffected… 

Um grupo demasiado unido para ser quebrado por forças externas. Uma nação demasiado corajosa para se deixar atemorizar perante qualquer adversário. Uma equipa no verdadeiro sentido da palavra, que vai lutar pelo sonho até ao fim! Acreditem connosco! Força, Portugal!🇵🇹🙏🏽

— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 8, 2022

4 hrs 30 from kickoff: In this World Cup of high drama and giant killing, Morocco are threatening to trump all fellow underdogs. History is on the line today, as victory for Hakim Ziyech and Co would crown Morocco as the first African nation to play a World Cup semifinal. Spain and Belgium have already fallen to the prowling Atlas Lions, are Portugal next?

5 hrs from kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo continues his quest to win the one major trophy that has eluded him — and he might not even be in the starting lineup as Portugal take their next step. We’ll bring you all the latest from the World Cup quarterfinal between Morocco and the 2016 European champions.

𝕃𝕆𝔸𝔻𝕀ℕ𝔾… 🇵🇹 🆚 🇲🇦 #VesteABandeira #WearTheFlag

— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) December 8, 2022
Morocco vs Portugal lineups, team news

After going to extra time and penalties last time out against Spain, Morocco’s starting XI will largely depend on how players recover.

If possible, coach Walid Regragui would have loved to stick the players that got the job done in the Round of 16 back out there. However, there are two important injuries to note.

The most notable name absent is full-back Noussair Mazraoui who hails from Bayern Munich at the club level, but was stretchered off late in the Round of 16 win over Spain. Critical midfielder Nayif Aguerd was also a doubt, having suffered a groin injury in the last match as well. They both miss out, unable to even make the bench, a big blow.

There were questions about captain Romain Saiss‘s health in regards to his hamstring, but he has proven fit to start.

Morocco confirmed lineup (4-3-3): 1. Bono (GK) — 2. Hakimi, 5. Aguerd, 6. Saiss, 25. Attiyah Allah — 8. Ounahi, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah — 7. Ziyech, 19. En-Nesyri, 17. Boufal

Cristiano Ronaldo again starts this one from the bench again after his replacement Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick against Switzerland. The 21-year-old keeps his spot up front, with the 37-year-old superstar on the bench.

Joao Cancelo was another who was benched last time out with Raphael Guerreiro and Diogo Dalot favoured in the fullback positions, and those two retain their spots.

Fernando Santos makes just one change from the Switzerland win, with Ruben Neves coming back into midfield in place of William Carvalho.

Portugal confirmed lineup (4-3-3): 22. Costa (GK) — 2. Dalot, 3. Pepe, 4. Dias, 5. Guerreiro — 25. Otavio, 18. Neves, 10. Silva — 8. Fernandes, 26. Ramos, 11. Felix

⏲ Chegou a HORA: Este é o nosso 11 Inicial para hoje! 👥🇵🇹 #VesteABandeira

⏲ It’s TIME: This is our Starting 11 for today! 👥 #WearTheFlag

— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) December 10, 2022
Morocco vs Portugal live stream, TV channel

This quarterfinal match will be played at Al Thumama Stadium.

Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Sat, Dec. 10 10:00 ET Fox,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
Canada Sat, Dec. 10 10:00 ET TSN 1, CTV, RDS (French) TSN site/app, CTV app
RDS app
UK Sat, Dec. 10 15:00 GMT ITV, STV ITVX, STV Player
Australia Sun, Dec. 11 02:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand
India Sat, Dec. 10 20:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV
Hong Kong Sat, Dec. 10 23:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 616, 618) Now TV
Malaysia Sat, Dec. 10 23:00 MYT Astro FIFA World Cup 1 Astro GO
Singapore Sat, Dec. 10 23:00 SGT StarHub FIFA World Cup,
Singtel FIFA World Cup 141
Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
New Zealand Sun, Dec. 11 04:00 NZDT Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW

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