The 2022 FIFA World Cup resumes on FOX on Saturday, with Morocco taking on Portugal in the penultimate quarterfinal match of the tournament at Qatar’s Al Thumama Stadium.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had to be relegated to the bench for the second straight game but took over in the second half after Portugal fell 1-0.
The all-time record between these two teams at the World Cup is 1-1, having met in 1986 and 2018.
There’s another semi-final spot up for grabs on Saturday when England take on France next (2pm ET, FOX and the FOX Sports App). The winners will face off in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
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Morocco vs Portugal
6′: What could have been
Youssef En-Nesyri came so close to putting Morocco into the game early but his header was a little too high.
In the 26th minute he tried again with a header, but it went just wide to the right and it remained goalless.
Portugal’s João Félix made a big move just before the half-hour when he shot from outside the box, but he was blocked.
Moments later, Portugal defender Raphaël Guerreiro tried a through ball, but Gonçalo Ramos was ruled offside.
Finally, En-Nesyri was able to hit the net and pocketed a header to give Morocco a 1-0 lead before half-time.
Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri scores goal against Portugal in 42′
It was the Moroccan men’s first World Cup goal in the knockout stages.
45′: Off the bar!
Bruno Fernandes was inches away from equalizing before the break but his attempt wasn’t good.
52′: Ronaldo checks in
Ronaldo came on in the 52nd minute, replacing Rúben Neves.
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Stunning lineup alert
Portugal star Ronaldo was relegated to the bench for Portugal’s second straight game after being replaced in the starting XI for Tuesday’s game against Switzerland by 21-year-old Ramos, who scored one in Portugal’s stunning 6-1 win Hat-trick before eventually coming on for Portugal Ramos in the 73rd minute.
It was the first time since 2006 that the 37-year-old forward had not started a World Cup match. Reports soon emerged that Ronaldo told coach Fernando Santos he was quitting after discovering he would not start for the national team – a report the Portuguese Football Federation has since denied in a statement.
On Friday, his manager opened up about the whole Ronaldo status debate, saying: “I think it’s high time we left Cristiano Ronaldo alone. In every press conference, 90% of the questions are about Cristiano Ronaldo.”
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