Key highlights: Portugal vs Morocco

Here are the key highlights from the Group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium.

A fan outside the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of Portugal's match against Morocco.   -  AFP

 

Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo-powered Portugal will be up against 41st ranked Morocco in its second match in Group B of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

Heading into the opening clash of the day, Portugal will aim to continue the momentum from its thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain in the opening round of the showpiece event. All eyes will be on Ronaldo, who notched up a hat-trick in the opening match to help his side not only settle with a draw, but also hand them an unexpected point.

Morocco, on the other hand, will enter the game on the back of their shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of Iran, thus putting them in the bottom in Group B.

The encounter, however, is crucial for both teams as they are yet to clinch a win in the tournament.

Starting XIs:

Portugal: Patrício, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, João Mário, Guedes, Ronaldo

Morocco: El Kajoui, Hakimi, Da Costa, Benatia, Ziyach, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Boutaib, Boussoufa, Amrabat, Dirar.

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