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Group B: Portugal v Morocco (KO 1300BST)

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Group B: Portugal v Morocco, KO 13:00BST

Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Previous World Cup meetings: One previous encounter between these two in the group stage at Mexico 86.  A famous 3-1 victory for Morocco saw them progress as surprise group winners, and become the first African team to make it through to the knockout phase of a World Cup.  Portugal were dumped on the plane home.  No doubt BBC/ITV will be all over this later, but if you want a headstart on everyone else you can enjoy some grainy footage and a Martin Tyler voiceover at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E_e62of9RI

As it stands:

             P  W  D  L  GD Pts
Iran         1  1  0  0  +1   3
Portugal     1  0  1  0   0   1
Spain        1  0  1  0   0   1
Morocco      1  0  0  1  -1   0

The Build Up: Portugal stride into this one as heavy favourites after their draw against Spain, especially with Ronaldo on song and already eyeing up the golden boot.  Morocco are out if they lose, but history is on their side and they looked broadly competent for a lot of their game the other night before Iran's smash-and-grab victory in stoppage time.  Both teams need to go for the three points really, a draw doesn't help either of them. 

Edited by Rob1981

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I expect a much better display from Morocco, they need to as this is their last chance. Would surprise me if Portugal would win this with ease. 

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1 hour ago, Andrew_ said:

Someone just put in a meeting 1-2 ffs! What is this madness.

Surely you remembered to block out your diary for each afternoon during the WC....

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7 minutes ago, arenaross said:

Surely you remembered to block out your diary for each afternoon during the WC....

Sadly this is a cancel everything else for this kind of meeting.

Which makes it sound more important than it is. It'll be pointless. But i can't miss it. Plus I've made a big thing of my team attending.. so won't go down well if i don't show up :D 

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Incidentally, Vicki Sparks is on commentary today for her first live World Cup match :thup: ... with Martin Keown :thdn:.

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how long before idiots get #notmyworldcup trending then?

already sounds better than having to listen to Lawrenson :cool:

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21 minutes ago, CFuller said:

RIP Ronaldo's Bust :(

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Do feel a bit of sympathy for the sculptor though. Probably his or her most famous piece and it became a joke.

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17 minutes ago, CFuller said:

Incidentally, Vicki Sparks is on commentary today for her first live World Cup match :thup: ... with Martin Keown :thdn:.

Both awful

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We'll probably see 4 batterings in these 4 games Spain and Portugal play.

They both want to avoid Uruguay.

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2 minutes ago, Heartwork said:

Oh god the next 2 hours are gonna be a colossal Ronaldo circlejerk

What a surprise in a Portugal match thread. :applause:

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Feck this Ronaldo, can't do anything else besides scoring goals.

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He's making up for being **** at World Cups all these times.

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Surprised Harit isn’t starting, thought he looked lively against Iran.

Glad I put CR7 in my fantasy team now

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Morocco starting to creep back into the game.

Safe hands from Rui Patricio.

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Martin Keown is rubbish, this lady seems quite good though.

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Eredivisie player of the season “looks a good player”. Can’t say Keown hasn’t done his research.

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5 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

We'll probably see 4 batterings in these 4 games Spain and Portugal play.

They both want to avoid Uruguay.

Considering the current goal differences in group A, it's quite likely that a draw would be enough for Russia to get the 1st spot. In this case, I guess they will be more likely to finish 1st. 

But they would still be an easier opponent for Spain/Portugal, so they might need to try finish 2nd :)

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Just now, Barry Cartman said:

BBC iPlayer app is terrible, its like over a minute behind :/ 

90 seconds or so usually. I have been avoiding these threads because of it. :D

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1 minute ago, Barry Cartman said:

BBC iPlayer app is terrible, its like over a minute behind :/ 

i abandoned it, using the desktop iplayer for now.

 

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Not a smart move taking your head gear off when you were concussed only a couple of days ago.

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