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​FIFA World Cup -- Morocco vs Portugal Game Preview

​FIFA World Cup -- Morocco vs Portugal Game Preview
Paul James


Morocco will face quarter-final opponents Portugal at Al Toumama Stadium on Saturday.


Morocco reached that stage for the first time with a strong penalty shootout win after holding up against Spain. They were the fourth African team to reach the last eight at a World Cup, and the first in 12 years.

​FIFA World Cup -- Morocco vs Portugal Game Preview


Portugal beat Switzerland 6-1 in the round of 16. After an unstoppable opening win, 21-year-old Ramos scored a fairy-tale hat-trick in that win. Santos had watched his team secure safe passage into the World Cup's first phase as Group H champions, and with three wins and 12 goals to their record already.


They did incredibly well to get here, considering that Morocco is no pushover. However, they are up against one of the tournament's toughest defenses and a Portuguese squad that excelled at all levels without Ronaldo.

Pick: Portugal win