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2022 World Cup: Morocco v Portugal; England v France

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 are looking to continue their dream run against Portugal as England take on France in a battle of two powers for the second game of the day.

The winner of each match goes to the semi-finals.

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 were the surprise of the tournament, winning a group including Belgium and Croatia and then overtaking Spain on penalties in the round of 16.

The Atlas Lions have relied on an organized and disciplined defence, allowing just one goal so far in the competition, and that goal also being an own goal.

Portugal looked like a side injected with new life after head coach Fernando Santos dropped Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting XI and the team responded with a 6-1 win.

Goncalo Ramos, Ronaldo’s replacement, scored a hat trick.

Portugal are aiming for their third appearance in the semi-finals of the men’s World Cup while Morocco can become both the first Arab team and the first African team to qualify for the semi-finals with a victory.

The compositions have been revealed and Ronaldo finds himself once again on the bench.

MOROCCO XI: 4-1-4-1

Goalkeeper: Yassine Bounou. Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Jawad El Yamiq, Romain Saiss, Yahia Attiyat Allah. defensive midfielder: Sofiane Amrabat. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Selim Amallah, Sofiane Boufal. Striker: Youssef En-Nesyri.


Goalkeeper: Diogo Costa. Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro. Midfielders: Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves, Otavio. Attackers: Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix.


Match preview

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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