The selection of ‘Old’ came again in the ‘farewell’ in Qatar. Morocco-Portugal coins

Oh The journey of the Portuguese crew in the World Cup ended this Saturday, resulting from the defeat by the Moroccan crew, with 1-0. A ‘scorching’ assembly, in opposition to all odds, however the nook crew can solely complain about not getting one other consequence.

The finest means in which the Lion of Atlas might fill the match was already identified, particularly in the remaining stage, when he ‘caught’ Luis Enrique’s plans and “threw” Spain out of Qatar. However, Fernando Santos’ males have been usually unable to keep away from them.

Portugal even appeared to have taken a lesson nicely discovered, and entered the Al Thumama Stadium nicely, in such a means that, after 5 minutes, they already had an excellent purpose alternative, when João Félix directed a fantastic save by Yassine Bono .

That feeling, nonetheless, shortly pale. There have been lengthy moments of careless passing of the ball, inside their very own half, till, at the finish, Bruno Fernandes (one of the most inconsistent) tried to ‘pull a rabbit out of the hat’ with an extended cross.

In between, Youssef En Nesyri was exhibiting ‘indicators of life’. At 7 and 26 minutes, he dropped the ball. But on the third, it was good, and with the clock ticking all the way down to 42 minutes, he took benefit of Diogo Costa’s false begin to deflect into the again of the internet.

On the edge of the break, Bruno Fernandes ‘appeared’ again. First, in order to cross, he made the ball hit the crossbar. Later, he entered the penalty space inside and collapsed after a request by Achraf Hakimi. There have been many protests, however the referee ordered the recreation to be performed.

In the second half, the nook crew went from conservatism to “brazen”, however generally Yassine Bono, generally lack of effectivity, didn’t permit Bruno Fernandes (as soon as again), Gonçalo Ramos and João Félix to make a celebration.

In the center, there was no time for Cristiano Ronaldo to enter, however the scenario was not good. In additional time, Walid Cheddira noticed two yellow playing cards and a purple in the area of two minutes, however even that did not assist.

Morocco turned the first African crew in historical past to succeed in the semi-finals of the World Cup. It is now adopted by France (which left England behind), in a gathering that can happen at the Al Bayt Stadium, beginning at 19:00 (Portuguese time) on Wednesday.


In a crew that’s extra involved with not scoring than scoring, Youssef En-Nesyri he did which, as a rule, nice gold was counseled, and corresponded to the size of the few events on which he was referred to as upon to intervene. Before the purpose, at the finish of half time, he had already given up two warnings, and, till he left, it was a relentless ‘head’ for Pepe and Rúben Dias.


In the sixteenth spherical, the Spanish coach, Luis Enrique, has already proven that he’s proud of Azzedine Ounahi, snapping “My God, the place did that man come from?”. The truth is that the quantity 8 was additionally unassailable, in controlling the assaults of the Portuguese, and in leaving the ball ‘clear’ at the toes of his teammates.


entry of Ruben Neves for William Carvalho is the solely change that Fernando Santos confronted in the 6-1 defeat by Switzerland, however this turned out to be a ‘facet shot’. The Wolverhampton striker was flawless in defence, and failed to make use of two key ‘instruments’: lengthy passes and midfield photographs.


Walid Regragui: Whatever might be stated about the Moroccan society, the reality is that it completely fulfills the plan that the chief described. The North Africans closed all the option to Portugal, even with out the central defender, Nayef Aguerd, and, subsequently, with out the injured Romain Saiss. Attacking will not be their ‘coast’, however they’re sharp like few others.

Fernando Santos: Portugal wished to do every thing, and in the finish they did (nearly) nothing. In the first episode, he was very intelligent. Second, and he already had an issue, he left as a result of of ‘disappointment’… and all these processes have been resolved. The problem of taking part in in opposition to low blocks has been rising for years, and there are not any indicators of it being resolved.

To resolve

In what ought to have been a really bodily recreation, given the usually Moroccan method, Facundo Tello he tried to let play, following a disciplinary, generally, very broad method. However, the shot in which he refused to obtain a penalty for a foul by Achraf Hakimi on Bruno Fernandes appears to be evident.

Also Read: Fernando Santos doesn’t affirm that he’ll depart: “I’ll speak to the President…”

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