Welcome to coverage of the quarter-finals of the FIFA Men’s World Cup. It’s your home for match reports, the latest injury and team updates, and all match start times.
Morocco continued their dream run at the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Portugal and became both the first African team and the first Arab team to qualify for the men’s World Cup semi-finals.
England then faces France in a battle between two powers.
Morocco will play the winner.
Friday’s action saw plenty of drama as Croatia stunned top-seeded Brazil on penalties and the Netherlands saw an incredible late comeback after losing two goals after losing on penalties against Argentina.
Here’s everything you need to know from Saturday:
MOROCCO VS. PORTUGAL
Youssef En-Nesyri’s imposing header in the 42nd minute from an arcing cross from Yahia Attiyat Allah was the difference in Morocco’s famous 1-0 victory over Portugal.
Bruno Fernandes thought he had equalized just before half-time with a shot from the right but the ball flew off the crossbar.
Joao Felix produced a formidable left-footed effort in the 83rd minute, brilliantly saved by Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
Ronaldo came on as a 51st-minute substitute and had a chance to equalize in the 91st minute but was denied by Bounou.
Atlas Lions captain Romain Saiss was sent off in the 57th minute with injury, Achraf Dari was his replacement.
Morocco were the surprise of the tournament, winning a group including Belgium and Croatia, overtaking Spain on penalties in the round of 16 and now beating Portugal.
MOROCCO XI: 4-1-4-1
Goalkeeper: Yassine Bounou. Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Romain Saiss (c), Yahia Attiyat Allah. defensive midfielder: Sofiane Amrabat. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Selim Amallah, Sofiane Boufal. Striker: Youssef En-Nesyri.
PORTUGAL XI: 4-3-3
Goalkeeper: Diogo Costa. Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Pepe (c), Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro. Midfielders: Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves, Otavio. Attackers: Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix.
FRANCE AGAINST. ENGLAND
In the second game of the day, two football powerhouses clash in the World Cup as England take on France.
Both sides are also in fine form, with France claiming a 3-1 win over Poland and England beating Senegal 4-0.
Famous American football writer Grant Wahl died on Saturday morning.
Ronald Koeman is set to succeed Louis Van Gaal as the new Netherlands manager.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo did not threaten to quit the World Cup after learning he was dropped from the starting XI.
Here are the match times and broadcast details for the remaining quarter-final matches:
- Portugal vs Morocco at 9:45 a.m. on TSN 1, 3, 4
- France vs England at 1:45 p.m. on TSN 1, 3, 4
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
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