Morocco will face Portugal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after a possible end in the round of 16.
The African side reached the last eight by beating 2010 World Cup winners Spain after an upset penalty shootout.
However, they will face another stern test to reach the semi-finals, as Portugal produced a superb performance to beat Switzerland 6-1 in the knockout stage.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos made a huge call as he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo following antics against South Korea and substitute Goncalo Ramos scored a classy hat-trick against Murat Yakin’s side.
When is Portugal vs Morocco?
The Portugal-Morocco match will be the third of four quarter-finals to be played over two days and will take place on Saturday December 10 at Al Thumana Stadium.
What time is kick off?
The match will start at 3 p.m. GMT (6 p.m. local time)
What TV channel is it on?
In the UK, the game will be shown on ITV and ITVX, with coverage starting at 2pm (GMT).
Telegraph Sport will also be running a live blog about the game – you can bookmark this page now and come back on Saturday to follow our coverage.
How have Portugal fared so far?
Portugal looked to be through the group stages of this World Cup with wins over Ghana and Uruguay to confirm their place in the knockout stages. However, Fernando Santos’ side succumbed to a shock loss to South Korea in the final group stage match, after Hwan Hee-chan scored a timeout on a pass from Son Heung-min.
What does Portugal say?
Ramos, a 21-year-old striker who only made his Portugal debut last month, scored a hat-trick as Portugal beat Switzerland 6-1.
“Even in my wildest dreams I didn’t think of making the starting squad for the knockout stage,” said Ramos, who counts Ronaldo along with Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his footballing idols. .
“We have to think about this team collectively now,” Santos said, before talking about Ronaldo. “I still consider that he has a very important role in the team.”
“Cristiano, as captain, did what he always does,” Ramos said. “He helped and encouraged us, not only myself but also my colleagues.”
Where is Morocco so far?
The African team finished top of Group F after beating Belgium and Canada and earning a goalless draw with Croatia. The last 16 clash saw Morocco celebrate a historic World Cup win over Spain. They beat Luis Enrique’s side 3-1 on penalties after neither side managed to score in normal time and extra time.
History of results Portugal vs Morocco
The two previous encounters between these two sides have been at World Cups, with Morocco winning 3-1 in Mexico in 1986. Before Portugal won 1-0 in Russia four years ago, a Ronaldo’s first goal eliminating the African team from the tournament in the group stage.
What is Portugal’s World Cup record?
The team has qualified for the World Cup seven times, with the best performance being in 1966 when they placed third.
What is Morocco’s World Cup record?
The African team have qualified for the World Cup six times and will contest a World Cup quarter-final for the first time in their history after beating 2010 world champions Spain on penalties.