FIFA WC 2022 | Morocco vs Portugal Preview & prediction | H2H Record | line-up

Portugal’s new era has been nothing short of a sensation as they search for a place in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as they take on Morocco. 

Portugal who blew away Switzerland 6-1 in the Round of 16 will be targeting their first semifinal of the tournament since 2006. On the horizon, Morocco could create history and become the first African nation to reach the last four of the World Cup if they beat Portugal on Saturday (December 10).

Morocco vs Portugal Head to Head

The only meetings between the sides have come in the group stages of the World Cup having met in the previous edition in Russia, four years ago. A Cristiano Ronaldo goal saw the European side run out 1-0 winners and would later progress to the last 16 alongside Spain from their group. Four years on from that meeting, plenty of water has gone underneath the bridge as Morocco are enjoying its golden generation that could pave way for history.

The first and only other meeting however went the way of the African side as they won by 3-1 in the 1986 World cup, which also happened to be the last time they qualified for the knockout stage. Interestingly, the team they lost to was West Germany who later went on to play in the final of the World Cup.

Morocco vs Portugal Head to Head

11 Jun 1986Portugal v Morocco1-3FIFA World Cup
20 Jun 2018Portugal v Morocco1-0FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022 so far

Morocco started their World Cup group campaign with a goalless draw against 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia. Expected to finish outside the top two, the African side stunned Belgium by winning 2-0, a consequence of which also saw the latter crash out of the tournament. They would then end their group campaign with a narrow 2-1 win against Canada and top Group F with seven points.

Portugal won Group H and have looked solid so far in the tournament despite their Matchday 3 defeat to South Korea. The 2016 European champions beat Ghana 3-2 and followed that with another win against Uruguay by 2-0. In the Round of 16 however, Portugal were back at their best as they thumped Switzerland 6-1 as Gonçalo Ramos scored a hat-trick.

Group Standings


R16 Result

Morocco 0-0 Spain (Morocco win 3-0 on penalties)

Portugal 6-1 Switzerland

Likely Suspensions

Morocco - Sofyan Amrabat, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Romain Saiss

Portugal – Danilo, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias, Ruben Neves, Joao Felix

World Cup Record:


Appearances6 (first in 1970)
Best resultQuarterfinal(2022)


Appearances8 (first in 1966)
Best resultThird place (1966)

Morocco vs Portugal Predicted Lineup

Morocco (4-3-3): 

Bounou; Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

Portugal (4-3-1-2):

Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Gurreiro; B. Silva, Carvalho, Otavio; Fernandes; Felix, Ramos

Morocco vs Portugal Date, kick-off time, and venue

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarterfinal encounter on Saturday, December 10 will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST, 6:00 PM Local Time


Al Thumama Stadium in Doha


Morocco vs Portugal prediction

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