On the seventh day of the FIFA World Cup, Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their group match at the Olimpiyskiy Stadion under Mark Geiger as the referee.
The Portuguese team went with the following line up: Rui Patricio as their goalkeeper, and Pepe, Raphael, Fonte and Cedric as the defenders. Mario, Moutinho, William and Bernardo played in the midfield, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Guedes as the strikers.
For Morocco, El Kajoui played as their goalkeeper, with Hakimi, Da Costa, Benatia and Dirar in the defense. Boutaib was the lone striker, with Belhanda, Ziyach, Boussoufa, El Ahmadi and Amrabat playing behind him in the midfield.
The captain and star player of Portugal scored from a diving header after Bernardo Silva provided him with the vital cross in the fourth minute of the match, making that Ronaldo’s 4th goal in the tournament. With that goal, Cristiano Ronaldo placed himself in the second position in the list of the most successful goalscorers in the history of international football, with 85 goals. The first on the list is Iran’s Ali Daei with 109 goals.
In the 31st minute of the match, Ronaldo got another chance to score from a freekick, like he did in the previous match, and take his side to 2-0. Unfortunately, the ball hit the wall of defenders and he could not score.
Raphaël Guerreiro’s visible scars from his tussle with Amrabat. pic.twitter.com/nuASv6SE8F
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 20, 2018
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
Until halftime, the score remained 1-0 and Morocco proved to be unlucky until then, since they could not convert their chances and shots into goals. At halftime, none of the teams made changes to their squad.
Soon after the second half started, the Portugal team attacked the opposition calamitously with sharp passes, corner kicks and clean tackles to get possession of the ball. However, defense problems carried forward from the first half with Ziyach and Amrabat being the major culprits.
The Moroccan team did not hold back, though. They attacked and almost got a goal in the 57th minute of the match when Belhanda scored hard and fast towards the goal, only for Patricio to fling himself and superbly save the ball.
The full 90 minutes ended with a 1-0 score, but this does not show the domination that Morocco had over Portugal throughout the match.
The Portuguese football team came into this match with a nail-biting draw with Spain at 3-3 in their previous match, while the Moroccan side came after having lost their match from Iran at a 1-0 score.