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On matchday two of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in Russia, Moscow will face a duel between Portugal and Morocco in Group B on Wednesday at 13:00 in the Lushniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The 3: 3 of the Portguies in the first game against Spain was certainly a good result on the one hand. After all, it went against one of the top favorites. But on the other hand, the game against the neighbors also revealed some weaknesses in the game of the European champion. And without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, it would hardly have come to a point division against the “Roja”.
The Moroccans, on the other hand, stand with their backs to the wall after the World Cup opener. The game against the lightest group opponent Iran was lost 0-1. Substitute striker Aziz Bouhaddouz of FC St. Pauli had capped a corner of Iran in the 95th minute into his own net. For the World Cup 2018 game Portugal against Morocco countless bets and betting odds can be found at the bookmakers. In this analysis, the betting base looks ahead to the game and picks the best odds & tips.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos stormed Goncalo Guedes alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the game against Spain. André Silva had to sit on the bench first. After the 1: 0 and the 2: 1, the Seleçao tried to defend back compact and lurking ahead on counterattack. But the plan did not work out and the reigning European champion showed hardly any offensive impulses. After the Spaniards had taken the lead for the first time, Portugal hardly exerted any danger and did not develop any impact. But the team of coach Santos still has CR7 in its own ranks.
The superstar of Real Madrid took a free-kick against Piqué himself and then rounded it in the 88th minute from 20 meters central position in the right angle to 3: 3-final score. A pass rate of 94 percent, 60 percent won duels and three goals from four shots score the gala evening of Ronaldo. In addition, CR7 was fouled four times and two of those fouls led to a goal. For Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2018 World Cup is his fourth final. In his previous 13 World Cup matches, the striker of the Royal had met only three times.
Now he has doubled his World Cup odds. After Pelé, Uwe Seeler and Miro Klose Ronaldo is also the fourth player to have scored in four World Cup finals. But actually got the Selecao showed against a top opponent their limits. The Spaniards mercilessly exposed the weaknesses in the defensive alliance. In addition, the European champion could never play his system. It should be better against Morocco: more ball possession, more circulation, more overweight in midfield, more grip and determination.
For a long time, the North Africans were the better team against Iran, but they could not turn their superiority into countable. The odds ratio was 6: 2 for Morocco; the result with 0: 1 but against the “Lions of the Atlas”. National coach Renard had put stars like Benatia (Juve), Ziyech (Ajax) and the Schalke Harit in the starting lineup. The Moroccans made steam right from the beginning and, with a lot of speed, scanned the wings over the wings. But the “lions” did a hard job against the Iranians, who became increasingly defensive in the course of the game. At the end of the first World Cup game for Morocco since 1998, a bitter defeat.
National coach Renard, a former French defender, said before the start of the tournament that a retirement after the group stage would be a big disappointment. But how should this be prevented? The upcoming opponents are Portugal and Spain. So far, the “Lions of the Atlas” have made only once in the second round of four finals to date. At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico followed the off in the second round against Germany. In the World Cup qualification of the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) Morocco had to go from the second round and reached with a 2: 1 against Equatorial Guinea the group stage.
There, the “Lions of the Atlas” met Mali, Gabon and the Ivory Coast. In the end, the North Africans secured the direct ticket to Russia with three wins and three draws and a goal difference of 11: 0. Triggered by the sensational victory in the last qualifier game against the heavily favored Ivory Coast, which has been among the strongest African teams for years, a real football euphoria was sparked in Morocco. The French coach had made the team a real unit, which is characterized by will, dedication and team spirit. Winger Nordin Amrabat suffered a concussion in the 1-0 loss to Iran and can not compete against Portugal. Will the 2018 World Cup grab Morocco’s second group game, or will the early exit follow?
Portugal vs Morocco head to head matches
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