This world cup might have given us the most round-of-16 goals since the introduction of the stage in 1986, but after a 0-0 stalemate with Spain, it was dramatic penalties win which saw Morocco progress. Carrying the torch for Africa after becoming just the fourth team from the continent, and first Arab nation to reach the quarter-finals of a world cup, they now meet Portugal, a side that beat them 1-0 in the group stages four years ago.
After an NFL-inspired hoddle celebration in Morocco’s penalties win over Spain, Achraf Hakimi will be looking to touchdown with another surprise victory here. The right-back has won the joint-most tackles (11) at this tournament so far but will be meeting hat-trick hero Ramos, who was only three years old when Ronaldo first scored at a major international tournament, but has already scored more goals for Portugal in the world cup knockout stages.
Morocco have conceded just one goal in their last eight outings (W6, D2)!
The 0-0 draw against Spain before Morocco’s eventual penalties win was a seventh at this world cup, equalling an all-time record in the competition.
Who qualifies to the next round, Morocco or Portugal?