epa06824048 Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal and Hakim Ziyach of Morocco in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group B preliminary round soccer match between Portugal and Morocco in Moscow, Russia, 20 June 2018.
Wednesday Jun 20, 2018. 15:54
Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match between Portugal and Morocco from Stadion Luzhiniki in Moscow, Russia.
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael, Fonte, Ronaldo, J. Moutinho, J. Mario, Bernardo, William, Guedes, Cedric
Morocco: El Kajaoui, Hakimi, Da Costa, Benatia, Ziyach, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Bouatib, Boussoufa, N. Amrabat, Dirar
Commentary (press F5 to refresh):
All times CAT
It is over in Moscow, Portugal beat Morocco 1-0. It is over for the North Africans, they are first to fall in this year's tournament.
One minute to go for Morocco to score an equaliser.
90+5' - Caution for Silva
We are in the 90th minute and Morocco are yet to score, it doesn't look good for the Atlas Lions, losing here means their dream is over.
88’ - Sub – Moutinho off for Adrien Silva
85' - Sub - Fajr comes on for El Ahmadi
Free kick for Portugal on the edge of the area, Benatia
is the culprit. Ronaldo's
effort hits the wall
80' - Ziyach
using his pace down the left flank and wins a corner for the North Africans, but Portugal clears.
75' - Sub - Carcela replaces Belhanda
73' - Rui Patricio
is collecting every ball that is launched into his penalty area.
70’ Sub - Mario off for Fernandes
69’ Sub - El Kaabi for Boutaib
No changes on the scoreline, Portugal 1-0 Morocco and 25 minutes left to play.
60’ - Benatia
gets a chance in the box, Morocco wasting chances, the defender blasts over the cross bar.
59' Sub - Martins on for Bernardo
55’ - Ronaldo
is unmarked in the box, but fails to lower his effort. Morocco takes a shot through Younes Belhanda
but it goes straight to Rui Patricio
No clear cut chances so far for either side, Morocco must get a win to keep their place in the tournament.
- Second half gets underway
45+1' - Half time in Moscow. Portugal 1-0 Morocco
It looks like Portugal will go to the interval leading 1-0 whilst the North Africans are chasing an equaliser. Three minutes added.
40’ – Caution - Benatia booked for a foul on Ronaldo
Morocco conceded a foul on the edge of the area, but the wall did its job to block Ronaldo’s
Morocco protest for a penalty, Herve Renard told to calm down as he called for VAR intervention. Morocco still attacking Portugal.
25’ - Benatia
, free kick to Portugal and no booking for the defender.
Third corner for the Atlas Lions but they are yet to benefit from them, it is cleared by Ronaldo
. Good football by Morocco so far.
Morocco doing well moving forward in search of an equaliser, Portugal remain solid at the back. Portugal 1-0 Morocco
10’ - Ronaldo
nearly bags his brace, his shot goes narrowly wide and Boussoufa’s
corner also goes wide across the goal.
04’ - GOAL - Ronaldo scores for Portugal, great cross delivered into the box by Moutinho, the skipper finishes.
Portugal will want to bag their first win in Group B after opening with a 3-3 thrilling draw against Spain last Friday.
For the North Africans, they will want to earn their second win over Portugal at the World Cup, but their first in the group after losing 1-0 to Iran.