Morocco out of World Cup contention after 1-0 defeat to Portugal

20 June, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Portugal and Morocco

The victory has moved Portugal onto four points in Group B, while Morocco have been eliminated from the competition with their second defeat in Russian Federation.

"We started well but then we were put under pressure and it was hard", Santos said.

Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and can not progress to the second round.

Portugal's Pepe will hear about his embarrassing flop against Morocco for a long time.

A Selecao head into the Group B clash having hit the back of the net at least twice in nine of their past 10 World Cup games (including qualifiers), while they are also unbeaten in those 10 matches.

"The goal is to improve match after match, we drew our first and won our second, now we'll try to top the group".

They beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage of the 1986 World Cup; it was Morocco's first ever win at the tournament and Portugal's only World Cup loss against African opposition.

Kane "buzzing" after brace secures late win in World Cup debut
We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", he said. England will face Panama next at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.

But his plans were torn apart within minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium as Ronaldo wriggled free of the imposing Da Costa to bury an unstoppable header past a helpless Monir El Kajoui.

"We qualified for a World Cup after 20 years and we've showed that we can play football", he said. "A coach who loses is never right", he said.

Neither of these teams can afford to walk away from this game with zero points if they hope to advance.

Iran have three points after pipping Morocco 1-0 in their opening group game.

The Saudis' preparations were jolted by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suffered a fire in one of its engines.

Morocco end their World Cup campaign against Spain on June 25, looking to sign out of Russian Federation with at least a goal to their name. Salah scored a consolation penalty late on but it was not enough for the Pharaohs.

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