Place: Russia. Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium.
Date: on the 20th of June, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 13:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group B, 2nd round
Portugal (the head coach Fernando Santos)
Last Friday, in Sochi, on the Fisht arena the most top game of the whole first round with participation of two favorites of the Russian FIFA World Cup has taken place. We will say once again that new, second meeting of Portugal and Spain in the final tournaments of the World Cup has surpassed all expectations. And instead of the most boring fight that has happened eight years ago in the Republic of South Africa, with the minimum victory of Furia Roja over the European Brazilians in the first round of the playoffs (1:0) we have received super football of the highest class. And nearly 44 000 viewers of arena in Sochi and together with them all football Russia and the whole football world have seen super productive game of two great rivals (3:3) with Diego Costa’s double and the subsequent hat trick of Cristiano Ronaldo.
For two times in this match the defending champions of Europe were stronger (1:0 and 2:1). And in the end with the score 2:3 in favor of the rival, the Portuguese genius has scored a goal. And the result is 3:3!
Morocco (the head coach Hervé Renard)
Of course, it would be unfair if the team of Fernando Santos in the end of a match wouldn’t even the score. And what next? According to the results of the first round Carlos Queiroz ‘s team became the leader of group B absolutely unexpectedly: Iran – 3, Spain – 1, Portugal – 1, Morocco – 0.
For the match between Morocco and Iran which ended three hours earlier in St. Petersburg the African national team of the former head coach of Lille Hervé Renard was the favorite of that match.
Alas! During the injury time, on the 95th minute, with the score – 0:0, the Moroccan forward Aziz Bouhaddouz, having tried to save his team, has scored owngoal (0:1). Of course, Morocco had no time and forces to win back that point. Thus, according to the results of the first round the national team of Iran became the sole leader of group B.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Portugal vs Morocco
But now, in two subsequent rounds of the group stage two initial favorites of the second quartet will play with two initial underdogs. The forthcoming meeting of the teams of Fernando Santos and Hervé Renard will take place on the main arena of the FIFA World Cup in Russia and the favorite of this meeting is obvious: Portugal – 1.63, Morocco – 7.00.
According to 20.6. regulations of the World Cup, in case of equality of points in groups of two and more teams the most important minor factor is the best difference of balls and then total of the goals scored by favorites in all three matches of the group stage.
That is, now in the fight for the status of the winner of group B Spain and Portugal in two subsequent rounds will try to score the maximum quantity of balls into the gates of underdogs. Of course, the victory of the team of Fernando Santos doesn’t raise any doubts.