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Portugal is out! Game vs Morocco turns out last dance and last stop for Ronaldo at FIFA World Cup

Portugal's star player Ronaldo was seen crying after the game which is moslty his last game at the mega event.

Written By: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Updated on: December 10, 2022 23:37 IST
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Morocco defeated Portugal in the quarterfinals played at the Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday to advance to the semifinals. With Portugal's elimination, Cristiano Ronaldo's journey in the FIFA World Cup has probably come to an end.

Youssef En-Nesyri powered his team to lead with a brilliant goal in the first half of the game in the 42nd minute.

Portugal's star player Ronaldo didn't start for the second straight game but came on as a substitute in the 51st minute. The five-time world player of the year is set to finish his career without capturing the World Cup or ever getting to the final.

 

The 37-year-old was seen crying after the game which is moslty his last game at the mega event.

Team Morocco scripted history to become the first African team to qualify for the semifinal of a World Cup tournament. The previous three African sides to reach a quarterfinal were all eliminated.

Following were the teams to get eliminated -

Cameroon in 1990
Senegal in 2002
Ghana in 2010

Team Morocco came into the game on a five-game unbeaten streak in the World Cup (W2 D3). This was their longest ever run without suffering a loss in the competition. Four of these matches have come under Walid Regragui, first African manager to take charge of a World Cup quarterfinal.

On the other hand, It was the first loss of Portugal at the quarterfinals in the history of FIFA.

  • Head-to-head details between both countries

Matches won by Morocco - 2

Matches won by Portugal - 1

  • History of matches:
  • 11th of June 1986 - Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 (FIFA World Cup)
  • 20th of June 2018 - Portugal beat Morocco 0-1 (FIFA World Cup)
  • 10th of December 2022 - Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 (FIFA World Cup)
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