News Article  | World Cup 2018

Starting XI: Portugal vs Morocco

2018 FIFA World Cup Starting XI: Portugal vs Morocco

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 20, 2018 12:53 PM @KurtLaduma

In-form Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will play African giants Morocco in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B clash on Wednesday afternoon. Here is how the teams will line up!

Click through the gallery above to see Portugal's star-studded starting XI.

FIFA World Cup, Group B

Teams: Portugal vs Morocco

Date: 20 June 2018

Time: 14:00

Venue: Luzhniki Stadium

Portugal began their World Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, during which captain Ronaldo scored an incredible hat-trick, including a fantastic free-kick in the final few minutes of the game.

A loss for Morocco on Wednesday will almost certainly see their hopes of qualification to the next round squashed following their 1-0 loss to Iran in their first game of the tournament.

Fernando Santos' side go into the clash as the heavy favourites after their performance against La Furia Roja, although the Portugal coach will want to guard against complacency.

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.

Prior to Morocco's loss to Iran on Friday, the African nation were unbeaten in five games, a run that they might be looking to draw inspiration from.

Ronaldo, however, will be a difficult player to tame following his heroics against the Spaniards last week, when he gave an individual performance that is already being considered as one of the best in World Cup history.

One more international goal for the 33-year-old will see him become the highest goalscorer of all time for European nations, and considering the form he is in, this is more than just a possibility.

Ronaldo has struck 23 times in his past 18 matches for his country, with 15 of those goals coming in World Cup qualification.

Morocco and Portugal have met just once prior to Wednesday's clash, with the African giants beating their opposition 3-1 in the group stage at the 1986 World Cup. Incidentally, that was also Morocco's first ever win at the tournament.

Isco: I'm Not Going To Speak To Ronaldo After Hat-Trick

Here is how the teams will line up:

Portugal: Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Carvalho, Fernandes, Guedes, Ronaldo 

Morocco: Mohamedi, Dirar, Da Costa, Benatia, Hakimi, El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, Belhanda, Harit, Boutaib, Ziyech

Do you think Morocco will be able to cause Portugal any problems on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments section below. 


15920 views
 
 
 

Related Articles

Comments

5a90113da2f7c
tidimalo199 Joined: 26 Apr 2012
No badges available
tidimalo199 Jun 21, 2018 12:26 PM
@mosekaphofu maggosim LOL IT HAS KILLED ME THIS GUYS FAIL TO DO WHAT IS DONE TO MESSI OR WHAT MYBE RONALDO IS NOT A THREAT AS SUCH
Default
Soni_JX Joined: 19 Apr 2017
No badges available
Soni_JX Jun 20, 2018 03:55 PM
Reality is Ronaldo is playing with a head of cattle straight. This portugal team is a heavy burden to him......These are grazing COWS
Default
Soni_JX Joined: 19 Apr 2017
No badges available
Soni_JX Jun 20, 2018 03:02 PM
This Ronaldo guy is TOO MUCH......now I agree if he was playing for a much complete national team like Spain, Argentina, Germany, France, Brazil, Germany.......he could be the best ever player to grace this tonarment.
Default
alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
No badges available
alizebucs1986 Jun 20, 2018 02:52 PM
Live from Russia: Cr7 has already scored with his Left foot,right foot and his Head,he is making other eat Grass and dust it seems like it's Cr7 against the World
5b220f777388f
mosekaphofu maggosim Joined: 12 Mar 2015
No badges available
mosekaphofu maggosim Jun 20, 2018 02:10 PM
Mustapha Hadji, we mis u
5b113e7c50803
NtsetG Joined: 16 Nov 2017
No badges available
NtsetG Jun 20, 2018 02:08 PM
live update,,Portugal 1 , CR7 scored again,. 109 -85=24
5b220f777388f
mosekaphofu maggosim Joined: 12 Mar 2015
No badges available
mosekaphofu maggosim Jun 20, 2018 02:05 PM
@tidimalo199 .. Again football can kill u,real death
5a90113da2f7c
tidimalo199 Joined: 26 Apr 2012
No badges available
tidimalo199 Jun 20, 2018 01:55 PM
@Iloyd MORROCO WILL WIN MIRACLES DO HAPPEN SOCCER DOESNT HAVE THEREFORE.
Default
Flipping lyf Joined: 21 Apr 2017
No badges available
Flipping lyf Jun 20, 2018 01:51 PM
My shift its killing me when king play im at work but anyway he does'nt dissapoint#crr7 my best player of all tym
Default
@ Tchillimbou 2-0 Joined: 23 May 2018
No badges available
@ Tchillimbou 2-0 Jun 20, 2018 01:50 PM
Another record for CR7 scoring 7 goals in two matches he wl pile more pressure to some so called star players such as ?
5b1ed0f6d7b9c
Ntsunda112 Joined: 11 Jun 2018
No badges available
Ntsunda112 Jun 20, 2018 01:49 PM
Another hat-rick for the King
5ad4971a34000
MfanoYellow Joined: 16 Apr 2018
No badges available
MfanoYellow Jun 20, 2018 01:43 PM
It's Ronaldo time again.
5b2a3dda28887
Iloyd Joined: 20 Jun 2018
No badges available
Iloyd Jun 20, 2018 01:41 PM
I wish morocco can win today i hate Portugal Spain fans
5b1ad96f53cf8
PROPHET OF DOOM Joined: 08 Jun 2018
No badges available
PROPHET OF DOOM Jun 20, 2018 01:29 PM
M0r0cc0 will f0ll0w Egypt.

Express Yourself

Your chance to say what you need to.

Create your blog

What You May Have Missed