FIFA World Cup 
December 10, 2022, 9:00 pm
Morocco
vs
Portugal

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Morocco is going head to head with Portugal starting on 10 Dec 2022 at 15:00 UTC at Al-Thumama Stadium stadium, Al-Thumama city, Qatar. The match is a part of the World Cup, Knockout stage.

Event details
NAME: Morocco – Portugal
DATE: 10 Dec 2022
TIME: 15:00 UTC
VENUE: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama, Qatar

 

Assuring hero status forever more, Achraf Hakimi applied the most delicate of finishing touches to Morocco’s defensive masterclass on Tuesday, as his ‘Panenka’ penalty condemned Spain to a 3-0 shootout defeat and sent the North African nation through to the quarter-finals.

 

Having battled hard to resist the Spanish ‘death by a thousand passes’ approach, Walid Regragui’s side had sacrificed the bulk of possession to grind out a goalless draw and set the stage for a spectacular finale, during which goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved two spot-kicks and joined Hakimi as an eternal icon in Rabat, Marrakech and beyond.

 

Becoming just the fourth African side to reach the last eight at a World Cup – and the first for 12 years – sent a packed Education City Stadium wild, as it was largely populated by Moroccan fans whose fervour has proved such a prominent feature of these finals.

 

The Atlas Lions’ only previous appearance in the last 16 came back in 1986, and Regragui’s men have not only broken new ground for their nation but also the Arab world. In the process, they extended an unbeaten run in the World Cup to five matches and kept a remarkable sixth clean sheet from their last seven outings.

 

With the quality and commitment of Hakimi, fellow full-back Noussair Mazraoui, plus their centre-backs and tireless midfield anchor Sofyan Amrabat, a Morocco squad drawn partly from the diaspora have developed into one of international football’s meanest defensive units.

 

Fending off members of the European establishment such as Croatia and Belgium also saw them finish first in Group F earlier on in the campaign, so tackling Portugal should hold no fears for the quarter-finals’ outsiders