Arbitrator: Tello Faculty
Assistant referees: Ezequiel Brailovsky and Gabriel Chade
Fourth official: Ivan Barton
Video assistant referee: Mauro Vigliano
After appearing to do some serious damage to his hamstrings in the closing stages of their win over Spain, Moroccan defender Romain Saiss played valiantly until the pain and needs to be assessed ahead of today’s game. After picking up a groin injury in the game against Spain, Saiss’ other defender, Nayef Aguerd, is set to miss this afternoon.
Portugal left-back Nuno Mendes has already been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, while his PSG team-mate Danilo Pereira is also rumored to be on his way back to the French capital to treat the three broken ribs he has. suffered. in training ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Uruguay.
In uncharted waters playing their first-ever quarter-final, tournament surprise package Morocco take on Portugal with a place in the last four at stake. Having conceded just one goal – an own goal a bit odd against Canada – in their last eight games Walid Regragui’s side have been surprisingly stubborn, but today face a Portugal side who went goal-crazed in their last game as they hit Switzerland for six.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for the rout and had to watch from the touchline as substitute Gonzalo Ramos scored a hat-trick. It’s likely he’ll feature as a substitute again today and despite all the criticism over his damaging influence on the Portuguese side, he’ll be a potent weapon that Fernando Santos will have in store should the European side find themselves in the need a late goal. Kick-off at Al Thumana is at 3pm, but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and the build-up.