Morocco are out of the World Cup

Morocco are out of the World Cup

The second match became definitive for the national team of Morocco in the tournament in Russia. Herve Renard’s team lost to the Portugal national team, 1:0, and prematurely ended the advancement on the Mondial.

The Portuguese started with Ronaldo’s goal on the fourth minute. The played-out corner kick led to a cross to the six-yard area, where CriRo with his header shot the ball into Munir’s net whn falling. The first half was spent at the dictation of Selecao and the main figures of the nominal hosts were not so much Ronaldo and Guedes, like Joao Mario and Joao Moutinho.

The namesakes worked well in the midfield, developing attacks closer to the left wing. Bernardo Silva shifted to the third forward position, which is in in the average position network, however, there wasn’t enough danger from his wing. At the same time, Morocco situated much higher than Portugal, constantly pressing Santos’ team. Renard set the football for the African team, which is similar to Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli. The triangle on the left was supported by Ziyech, Hakimi and Boutaib and on the right by Amrabat, Dirar and Belhanda. However, Morocco’s pressing brough results only in the second half.

The xG scheme shows how Portugal fell into stagnation in the second half of the game and how Morocco added after the break and won the ball possession. The danger from the guests came because of the standards. On the fiftieth minute Rui Patricio kicked out the ball to a corner in a jump, but that was far from the end of ambitious Morocco national team’s attacks. The next times, when the ball ended up in the penalty box, it’s like he was attracted by magnet to Benatia. Bayern defender is not used to closing the team’s attacks, therefore he didn’t aim on target.

The game ended with a minimal advantage of Portugal, however, the Morocco national team showed high level of football and capability to fight with the champions of Europe. Although Renard’s team did lose chances to advance to the play-offs, the football lovers  will long remember its swift shifts to attack, combinations in the midfield and a ton of moments at the opponents’ goal.