World Cup – Round of 16 – MOR vs SPA / POR vs SUI

Morocco shocks Spain, while Portugal demolishes Switzerland, with a Goncalo Ramos masterclass. The Round of 16 is over in Qatar!


Location: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Referee: Fernando Rapallini, Argentina

Manager: W. Regragui
Subs: Ez Abde 66′, A. Sabiri 82′, W. Cheddira 82′, Y. Attiat-Allal 82′, J. El Yamiq 84′, B. Benoun 120′

Manager: Luis Enrique
Subs: C. Soler 63′, A. Morata 63′, N. Williams 75′, A. Fati 98′, A. Balde 98′, P. Sarabia 118′

Spain are out of the World Cup! Morocco won the penalty shootout, with Spain missing all 3 of it’s penalties! Hakimi finished them off with a panenka to celebrate Morocco reaching the Quarter Finals for the first time in it’s history! Not a lot to discuss about statistics, both teams finished the game with less than 1 xG.

Despite Spain dominating possession, as they always do, Morocco were the better side in the first half. They had the better chances. This changed a bit in the second half and throughout extra time, as Spain pushed more and more, however Morocco, led from the middle by a brilliant Sofyan Amrabat, offered only a few chances to Luis Enrique’s men and were generally very disciplined tactically.

Spain are out! Morocco to face either Portugal or Switzerland in the Quarter FInals.

G. Ramos 17′, 51′, 67′
Pepe 33′
R. Guerreiro 55′
R. Leao 90′
M. Akanji 58′

Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Referee: Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos, Mexico

Manager: Fernando Santos
Subs: R. Horta 73′, Vitinha 73′, C. Ronaldo 73′, R. Neves 81′, R. Leao 87′

Manager: M. Yakin
Subs: E. Comert 46′, D. Zakaria 54′, H. Seferovic 54′, N. Okafor 66′, A. Jashari 89′

Portugal destroys Switzerland in the last match of the Round of 16! Ronaldo on the bench, with a Fernando Santos master class. Portugal are through to the Quarter FInals, 6-1 against Switzerland. Goncalo Ramos is the new Portuguese superstar!

Goncalo Ramos opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Pepe made it two after a corner in the 33th minute. Ramos added another two(51′, 67′), Guerreiro(55′) and substitute Leao(90′) also scored one goal each. Switzerland scored via Man City’s Akanji in the 58th minute, but it didn’t help Switzerland much.

Portugal are through, they are going to face Morocco.