Regragui is about to confirm the formation that defeated Spain on penalties in the round of 16. The only change concerns Aguerd: El Yamiq is about to replace him. Fernando Santos oriented to keep Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench: Gonçalo Ramos plays. Dalot is preferred over Cancelo. Played at 16:00 at Al Thumama Stadium
History in one match. That’s the recurring thought in the minds of Morocco coach Regragui and North African fans. For the first time in history, an African national team can qualify for the semi-finals of a World Cup. The Moroccan team reaches this quarter-final after eliminating Spain on penalties. Opposite will be Fernando Santos’ Portugal, who still promise bold choices for this match. The coach was right, in the match against Switzerland, that he preferred Gonçalo Ramos to Cristiano Ronaldo and the formation should go in the same direction again with Dalot favored over Cancelo.
Morocco, El Yamiq for Aguerd – Coach Regragui is ready to confirm the line-up that took Morocco to the historic quarter-finals. Only one possible change in the lineup: Aguerd’s condition needs to be assessed, after he came out injured against Spain. Failing that, space for El Yamiq in the heart of the defense alongside Saiss. The keys to the midfield have been entrusted to Amrabat, while striker En Nesyri will be the pivot of a trio completed by Ziyech and Boufal.
Portugal, bench again for Cristiano Ronaldo – It is time for new elections for Fernando Santos, who seems oriented to keep Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench again, to make way for Gonçalo Ramos, author of a treble with Switzerland. Dalot still seems to be the favorite over Cancelo, as Otavio and not Ruben Neves will be in the midfield. The conditions of Ruben Dias, who is not at his best, but should be back on the field, must also be evaluated.
MOROCCO (4-3-3): Bono; Hakimi, El Yamiq, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amallah, Amrabat, Ounahi; Ziyech, En Nesyri, Boufal. Trajner: Regragui
PORTUGALIA(4-3-3): Diogo Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro, Ëilliam Carvalho, Otavio, Bruno Fernandes; Joao Felix, Gonçalo Ramos, Bernardo Silva. Trajner: Fernando Santos