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Group B: Portugal v Morocco (KO 1300BST)

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I can't see Portugal getting past the last 16 playing like this. Even if they end up facing Russia, I would not automatically make them favourites.

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4 minutes ago, ArsenalFan7 said:

Depressing how tedious Portugal are for the talent they have.

That has summed up this tournament so far for me.

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Just now, Sid1984 said:

Ronaldo has done fine. Scored and created a big chance for Guedes. The rest of the team need to not just rely on him.

He was clinical with his chance and it was a good chance created, but other than that he's not done anything. But as I said (and as you suggest) the rest of team need to raise their game. He's not really had any chance to do anything else, so I'm certainly not criticising him.

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4 minutes ago, Heartwork said:

He messed up a couple of free kicks.

Make that another messed up free kick.

Free kicks are not what you expect to score from.

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Morocco have been superb, regardless of whether they get anything here or not.

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Portugal will be looking for every opportunity to timewaste now. Pepe being a petulant little git.

Edited by Heartwork

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Just now, daylight said:

Pepe, dear me the guy never stops embarrassing himself. 

How great would it be if he scored an own goal or gave away a pen right at the death

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Mehdi Benatia has had Morocco's best chances. 

They need someone who knows how to score. Where's Chamakh? :lol:

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Just how on earth Pepe didn't get booked here? That is what irks me about the awful standards of refereeing in football. That was such a ridiculous decision for the ref not to book him for diving. Was right in front him and he has seen everything. 

 

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7 minutes ago, CFuller said:

I can't see Portugal getting past the last 16 playing like this. Even if they end up facing Russia, I would not automatically make them favourites.

No chance, Portugal gonna Portugal. Probably make the Semi's

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Wasn't Rivaldo banned for his simulation when he was hit by the ball in the legs? Surely, what Pepe did is the same?

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Fine effort from Morocco, wish they had played like this against Iran.

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Morocco :(  Played well twice and still go out with a game still to play.  Cruel stuff.

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Sympathise strongly with Morocco, they were really good today. Embarrassed Portugal at times - although Portugal did plenty to embarrass themselves.

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Deserved win for portugal. Morocco are not great, one of these teams that look ok u til they get close to the goal then become useless.

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55 minutes ago, Sid1984 said:

Morocco dominating but Portugal are the team who created the 2 best chances. The goal and Guedes shot. Patricio has had nothing to do despite Morocco looking dominant.

Either way, Morocco were the much better team. They had chances but Skied most of it.

Ziyech btw is defo good enough to play for any top club. Surprised Barca are not looking at him.

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Morocco played pretty much the same in this game as they did Vs Iran.  Dominated but useless once they get near the goal.

After 180 mins of playing "well" but not really troubling the goalkeeper you don't deserve to go through.

Edited by Anti Spiral

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2 minutes ago, DB08 said:

Fine effort from Morocco, wish they had played like this against Iran.

In fairness, from what I watched from that game they played ok and were unlucky to lose.

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Chamakh has been a free agent since 2016, according to Wikipedia. He hasn't officially retired, though, has he?

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1 minute ago, daylight said:

@Sid1984 being @Sid1984

 

Hardly deserved.

How was it not deserved? Morocco couldn’t score. Did they even trouble patricio at all?

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Nothing I hate more than the term deserved in football.

Scoring is the most important aspect of the game.

They leave one of the best scorers in game's history unmarked during a set-piece and then are unable to convert from 5-6 great chances.

Why would they deserve anything more if they're incapable of taking their chances?

They couldn't score against Iran, either.

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Yeah, have to feel a bit sorry for Morocco going out after being the better team in both their games. 

But **** me, there must be someone on a Sunday league pitch somewhere that can do a more convincing impersonation of a defender than Guerreiro today. He was up against Amrabat, not Messi. Beginning to understand why people complain Ronaldo isn't doing all the defending as well.

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2 minutes ago, Pukey said:

In fairness, from what I watched from that game they played ok and were unlucky to lose.

Yeah, they were the better team but I feel they did not play as well against Iran as they did today.

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1 minute ago, Sid1984 said:

How was it not deserved? Morocco couldn’t score. Did they even trouble patricio at all?

Well he made a world class save, so I'm going to go with a yes to that question.

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The funny thing is that if Morocco had Ronaldo playing up front they'd have won comfortably. 

They definitely lack a CF. 

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1 minute ago, daylight said:

Well he made a world class save, so I'm going to go with a yes to that question.

That was a good save, but any goalkeeper that has quality should save that. It's just that it looks aesthetically pleasing.

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Just now, daylight said:

Well he made a world class save, so I'm going to go with a yes to that question.

It was a fair straight forward save. Not as good as Morocco keepers save on Guedes. Portugal were not good but clearly better than Morocco today.

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1 minute ago, Sid1984 said:

It was a fair straight forward save. Not as good as Morocco keepers save on Guedes

:lol:

Stop.

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3 minutes ago, Sid1984 said:

It was a fair straight forward save. Not as good as Morocco keepers save on Guedes. Portugal were not good but clearly better than Morocco today.

It wasn't straight forward, Portugal got the result but I wouldn't have said it was deserved.

If I had to use the word 'Deserved' to comment on this match I would say. Morocco DESERVED something from the game.

Edited by daylight

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Just now, daylight said:

It wasn't straight forward, Portugal got the result but I wouldn't have said it was deserved.

If I had to use the word 'Deserved' to comment on this match I would say. Morocco DESERVED something from the game.

So which chance morocco created ‘deserved’ to go in the back of the net?

How can a shot being hit 10 yards over the bar ‘deserve’ to be a goal?

they would have had to score 1 to get a draw.

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Can't say it enough this tournament but more naff refereeing. Near 40 fouls and blatant cards ignored, FIFA is making their officials look stupid here. I think the only ref that actually had the balls to get his cards out was the Zambian ref, fair play to him.

Portugal teased me into thinking it'd be a decent game but the turgid 1-0 I expected. Can't complain about the results at the end of the day but they'd probably be the hipsters choice of side with an exciting outlook.

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1 minute ago, Sid1984 said:

So which chance morocco created ‘deserved’ to go in the back of the net?

How can a shot being hit 10 yards over the bar ‘deserve’ to be a goal?

they would have had to score 1 to get a draw.

You been drinking?

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1 minute ago, daylight said:

You been drinking?

You must be on some seriously strong stuff to think Morocco deserve to be gifted a goal by default in order to get a draw.

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