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Portugal vs Morocco match in numbers

Portugal and Morocco meet their B group match today at 6 pm in Bangladesh time. Portugal draws with Spain by 3-3 and Morocco loses to Iran by 1-0.

Here we look some interesting  statistics ahead of the encounter.


Portugal have never lost a game against a non-European country. Their only loss against Morocco at the FIFA World cup in 1886, It was their first meeting. Morocco's 3-1 victory was their first ever win in the tournament.


In last 10 World Cup group matches, Portugal have lost only match which came against Germany in 2014.

The last time these sides met, the oldest player from both squads was Portugal's 38 years old Vítor Damas. Currently, the 36 year old Bruno Alves is the oldest.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups with his hat trick, joining Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler. He also became the first Portuguese player to appear in four World Cups, and at 33 became the oldest player to score a hat trick in the tournaments history.

Portugal have no injury concerns after their 3-3 draw against Spain.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Rui Patricio

Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro

Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes

Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes


Morocco makes their fifth appearance at the World Cup finals

Portugal's remains the third place finish in 1966 in the competition is the best run while Morocco's round of 16 finish in 1986 remains their best.

Morocco are unbeaten in their last five games, with four wins and a draw, while Iran's preparation has been disrupted by the cancellation of two friendly matches. They won their final warm-up match against Lithuania 1-0.

Moroccan  Achraf Hakimi is the third youngest player (19 years, 7 months, 14 days), at the current World Cup after Australia's Daniel Arzani and France's Kylian Mbappe. He is the youngest player from both camps.

Former Zambia, Angola and Ivory Coast African Nations Cup winning coach Herve Renard qualified Morocco for their first World Cup appearance in 20 years. The last time they were at the finals was at France 1998. It is also the first World Cup he is overseeing as a coach.

Morocco will be without Noureddine Amrabat, who sustained a head injury against Iran and has been ruled out with concussion. Regular right-back Nabil Dirar also remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):


N. Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi

El Ahmadi, Boussoufa

Ziyech, Belhanda, Harit

El Kaabi



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