Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Portugal v Morocco, Group B, 20 June 2018

Portugal v Morocco, Group B, 20 June 2018

Morocco coach Herve Renard is expecting Portugal to give his side a tougher game than they had against Iran.

"If I said that we don't believe we can qualify it would be a lie", said Fajr, one of 17 players born overseas in Morocco's 23-man squad.

Can Morocco summon the spirit of '86 and pull off an historic win over Portugal or will the Portuguese all-but confirm their progression to the next round? With matches against Portugal and then Spain still to come, Morocco's chances of progression to the knockout stages are looking very slim.

- Morocco had 68 per cent possession in their 1-0 defeat to Iran, the most by a losing team in a World Cup match since June 2010, when Spain had 73 per cent possession against Switzerland but lost 1-0.

Their first match, against Spain, ended in a wild 3-3 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick, but while Santos was pleased with some aspects of that game, he expects his team to improve in certain areas. "Portugal have the capacity to do better than we played against Spain and I hope we can correct our mistakes".

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping
Accompanied by a physio, Neymar couldn't keep up with the pace of his teammates and so had to abandon training early. Brazil and Switzerland are two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in its opener.


The Organizing Committee of the FIFA World Cup 2018 apologized to Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), a day after it was reported that a plane carrying Saudi Arabian team caught fire mid-flight. FIFA World Cup 2018 in India will take place in Russian Federation, this year and you'll be able to watch the live matches in India.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his fourth goal at the World Cup and Portugal leads Morocco 1-0 in the fourth minute at Luzhniki Stadium.

Central defender Medhi Benatia looked impressive against Iran, and the experience of the Juventus man is going to be crucial if Morocco is to get their World Cup back on track. Further forward, Hakim Ziyech will be the biggest goal threat for the Atlas Lions, and the Ajax forward will be relishing facing the ageing centre-backs, Pepe & Jose Fonte.

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