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The Roma midfielder has confirmed he will leave the club to move to Serie A rivals Inter, with a medical set to take place next week.
Nainggolan confirms imminent Inter transfer
The Roma midfielder has confirmed he will leave the club to move to Serie A rivals Inter, with a medical set to take place next week.
La Roma vara il codice di condotta per i tifosi
La Roma vara il codice di condotta per i tifosi
La Roma vara il codice di condotta per i tifosi
St.petersburg (Russian Federation), 21/06/2018.- Brazilian players (C-R) Paulinho, Neymar, and Pedro Geromel attend their team's training session in St.Petersburg, Russia, 21 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
St.petersburg (Russian Federation), 21/06/2018.- Brazilian players (C-R) Paulinho, Neymar, and Pedro Geromel attend their team's training session in St.Petersburg, Russia, 21 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
St.petersburg (Russian Federation), 21/06/2018.- Brazilian players (C-R) Paulinho, Neymar, and Pedro Geromel attend their team's training session in St.Petersburg, Russia, 21 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - March 13, 2018 Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred in action with Roma's Diego Perotti REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - March 13, 2018 Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred in action with Roma's Diego Perotti REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Italian artist Fabrizio Birimbelli (L) pose with Roma's soccer club fans in front of portrait Francesco Totti during the Art Project 'Like the Gods', presented by the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts and Birimbelli devoted to the FIFA World Cup of Russia 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 20 June 2018. The project include more than 40 portraits of world soccer stars and coaches in the historical images. (Mundial de Fútbol, San Petersburgo, Rusia, Francia) EFE/EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Italian artist Fabrizio Birimbelli (L) pose with Roma's soccer club fans in front of portrait Francesco Totti during the Art Project 'Like the Gods', presented by the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts and Birimbelli devoted to the FIFA World Cup of Russia 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 20 June 2018. The project include more than 40 portraits of world soccer stars and coaches in the historical images. (Mundial de Fútbol, San Petersburgo, Rusia, Francia) EFE/EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Italian artist Fabrizio Birimbelli (L) pose with Roma's soccer club fans in front of portrait Francesco Totti during the Art Project 'Like the Gods', presented by the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts and Birimbelli devoted to the FIFA World Cup of Russia 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 20 June 2018. The project include more than 40 portraits of world soccer stars and coaches in the historical images. (Mundial de Fútbol, San Petersburgo, Rusia, Francia) EFE/EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
 They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Cristiano Ronaldo saves lucky Portugal to send Morocco out of World Cup
They do call Portugal a one-man team and when that one man is Cristiano Ronaldo, a footballer so famous that even the Russians would not need to see his passport, you can understand why the World Cup finals has fallen under his spell. Without Ronaldo, there would be none of the four goals registered by Portugal in this tournament including the winner against Morocco, which has taken his overall tally to 85, the most scored in international football by a European footballer. Without Ronaldo this would be a mediocre team, rather than a mediocre team with a first-class goalscorer who barely has to flash a glance at the camera to get himself voted the sponsors’ man of the match. Yet Portugal are a bit more than that. They also encompass Pepe, Ronaldo’s erstwhile Real Madrid team-mate, who slumped to the ground in agony when Menat Benatia tapped him on the shoulder, and also launched himself like a bowling ball at the Morocco defenders who were trying to block the corner from which Portugal scored. Portugal, are also the goalkeeper Rui Patricio, on his way to Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose fine save in the second half from Younes Belhandia preserved his team’s lead. But mostly Portugal are a team happy to defend whatever margin Ronaldo’s opportunism affords them, a side that will only relinquish a lead if their fingers are prised off one by one. Even their usually unrepentant coach Fernando Santos admitted this was an unambitious performance and affected dismay that his players should back off Morocco for most of the 86 minutes after Ronaldo’s goal - although that seems to be the usual gameplan. From Morocco, the first team eliminated from Russia 2018, there was everything but a goal. Their white-shirted, lantern-jawed French coach Herve Renard, who watches from the touchline like a Monaco divorcee scrutinising the dance-floor, listed all the things he was proud of afterwards and lamented the performance of the American referee. Mark Geiger, he intimated, had failed to see Pepe launch himself at the two Moroccans before the goal. Ronaldo heads Portugal in front Credit: REUTERS There were some fine performances including Karim Elahmadi, once of Aston Villa, and also from Morocco’s most talented player, Hakim Ziyach. It was Belhandia, a No 10 whose header Patricio pushed round the post. Then there was Amrabat on the right who unwisely discarded his protective headwear following a concussion against Iran five days earlier. “He’s a warrior,” said Renard, with little thought given to the Fifa protocols. It seems unlikely that Portugal will repeat their success at Euro 2016 playing like this and even Ronaldo, speaking on receipt of his second man of the match award, did not raise the prospect. “The most important thing was to win the game to get the three points,” he said. “We knew because if we lost we could have been out so we knew Morocco would try hard. They surprised us at the start with a lot of attacks, but I managed to get the goal.” He is currently the tournament’s leading goalscorer with four, which is one fewer than Just Fontaine had after two games when he set the record for a single World Cup at 13 in 1958. If Ronaldo’s free-kicks continue to be as bad as they were on this occasion then Portugal’s No 7 will not be getting anywhere close. He blasted a couple straight at the wall and spent long periods of the game watching the action from a long way up the pitch. His Real Madrid team-mate, the 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi, was another player on the front foot who Ronaldo got little out of when he switched over to the right wing. Santos said that his side had failed to take control of the match. “I have high quality players and there was no intensity in the game. We have player who have really good technical capability … but as happened against Spain, after 10-15 minutes my team couldn’t have the ball and couldn’t play. There was pressure but that is normal.” They were saved by some poor finishing from Morocco, including the Roma defender Mehdi Benatia who had a couple of second half chances having been booked before the break for his remorseless pursuit of Ronaldo. The Morocco captain seemed unable to forgive himself for losing track of the No 7 for the goal. It came from Joao Moutinho’s corner, Pepe took out half the defence and Elahmadi just waved a boot at it while Ronaldo stuck his head in. Renard’s options for changes in attack were limited. Once it became clear that there was no breakthrough likely from striker Khalid Bouatib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig, he was replaced by Ayoub Elkaabi, the only outfield player in the squad who still plays club football in Morocco. “There’s a thing I am sure of,” Renard said, “that the Morocco people will be very proud of its team. Two and a half years ago we went on an adventure. We were 81st in the world, now we are 41st. “We have qualified for a World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years and we have shown that we can play football. It’s true that we weren’t very effective in the end but I would like to have a good look at the corner from which Portugal scored.” The Moroccan people will also surely wonder why a talented set of players could not manage a goal against either Iran, or a side which, despite being European champions managed less possession over the course of the game and two fewer attempts on goal. Portugal have Ronaldo’s goals and a cussedness in defending a lead, but they are a long way from being Russia 2018’s most daunting side. 3:53PM More stats Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia had more shots than anyone else with four attempts. Three were off target and one on target. Bernardo Silva's pass completion was a woeful 59 per cent - more than 10 per cent worse than any other outfield player. Nordin Amrabat was fouled six times - more than any other player. 3:46PM Portugal quotes The usually fairly unrepentant Fernando Santos critical of his Portugal team, "I'm not happy with the performance. There was no intensity in the game [even though] we have good technical players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 #POR coach compares @Cristiano to “a port wine” when asked why he’s getting better with age.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:35PM Some full-time stats Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal Portugal vs Morocco Average touch positions (0 min) 3:25PM Poor Pepe Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia �� #PORMAR#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbYwFtEQld— World Cup Goals (@FIFAWCGoals) June 20, 2018 3:21PM Parking the bus Our man Sam Wallace has sent his piece from the Luzhniki Stadium: 'How Portugal proved the masters of parking the bus and frustrated Morocco's creative midfield' Here's an extract: Portugal’s midfield partnership of Joao Moutinho and William Carvalho were pushed back to the edge of their own area for most of the game. Jose Fonte, 34, and Pepe, 35, Portugal’s two central defenders, were ever vigilant not to get sucked out of their deep positions chasing possession. What those two did extremely well was defend their six-yard area. Morocco’s second defeat of Group B, and their elimination from the World Cup, was down to their failure to break through this stubborn Portugal defensive action as much as the small matter of facing the greatest goalscorer the modern game has seen. 3:18PM "A warrior" #MAR coach sums up everything that is wrong about football’s attitude to concussion. On Amrabat: “He’s a warrior. He wanted to play.”— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 3:14PM More on Amrabat FIFPro have also had their say: He started the match with protective head gear which he removed after just 16 minutes. Is #concussion protocol being followed? �� #POR#MAR#healthandsafetypic.twitter.com/w5HjnliaJ1— FIFPro (@FIFPro) June 20, 2018 3:10PM Controversy Amrabat was arguably the best player on the pitch today. But should he have been allowed to play? Morocco is letting a player who was clearly knocked unconscious 4 days ago play right now in the #WorldCup2018. This is a #concussion nightmare scenario. Keep your fingers crossed for him. And never do this to your child. https://t.co/Zl2DsuMhmw— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) June 20, 2018 3:04PM Bye bye Morocco Three games into Group B and it is time to say farewell to the Moroccans. The most valiant zero points from two matches. 2:56PM Analysis Well, Portugal got away with it. How have Morocco not scored at this World Cup? Perhaps they were just a striker short. They totally dominated almost every area of the pitch today and yet they have lost 1-0 again. "I just think they are lacking a No 9," says Matthew Upson. 2:53PM Full time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 2:52PM 90+4 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco just cannot get through. Portugal are clinging on. 2:51PM 90+3 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Adrien Silva is booked for upending Amrabat, who has been fouled countless times today. One last chance to lump the ball into the box. The set piece falls for Benatia right on the penalty spot, but he lashes it over the bar. Why has every set piece fallen to the Morocco centre-back??? 2:49PM 90 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are flinging all they can at Portugal. Ziyech cuts inside from the right and works some space to have a crack. The shot is fierce, but Pepe flings himself at it and deflects the ball over the bar, celebrating like he's scored the winner. Five minutes of added time to be played. 2:47PM 88 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A final change for Portugal sees Leicester City's Adrien Silva come on for Moutinho. 2:46PM 87 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are doing everything they can to press now. It's all or nothing time. Is it to be a second dominant defeat? 2:45PM 86 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo thought he was fouled in the box after that free-kick, by the way. The referee waved away his appeals and pleas for VAR to come into play. I'm not sure and will have to see a replay. The chance has gone now though. 2:43PM 84 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Almost a penalty to Portugal! Benatia lunges in rashly on Ronaldo in possession right on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick, millimetres from the penalty area. Can Ronaldo finish things off from the set piece? No. Lashed straight at the wall. 2:39PM 81 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This has been the most one-sided match... It’s going to be hard for FIFA NOT to select a #MAR player as man of the match - despite defeat. Who else otherwise? Rui Patricio?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) June 20, 2018 2:38PM 79 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Back come the red shirts. Ziyech wins a corner, which he takes. No one meets in cleanly and the ball settles in the middle of the penalty area before it is finally walloped clear. Can they get this goal? 2:37PM 78 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco win an umpteenth attacking free-kick about 30 yards out on near the right. The left-footed Ziyech will whip it in... and Benatia gets on the end of it, but his header rolls wide of the near post. 2:34PM 75 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal look to be pressing a little higher now. Martin Keown remains unimpressed with their performance but says they won't lose any sleep over it. "They are masters" at this type of unconvincing victory, he says. Euro 2016 and all... 2:31PM 73 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A rare foray into the Morocco penalty area for Portugal, but the cross is headed clear. Is there a hint of greater urgency from the Portuguese contingent? 2:29PM 71 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The numbers are growing... Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 2:28PM 70 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 One substitution apiece. Portugal: Fernandes for Mario. Morocco: El Kaabi for Boutaib. 2:26PM 68 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... up he steps to strike it with his left foot, but he cannot get enough dip on the ball and it rises over the bar. Someone put the ball in the net! 2:25PM 67 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Boussoufa draws a foul in a dangerous position, just to the right about 22 yards from goal. A great place for a free-kick and it looks like Ziyech will take... 2:24PM 66 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 "It's like men against boys," says Martin Keown as Guerreiro is penalised for hauling down Amrabat. How he's not been booked for persistent fouls, I have no idea. Amrabat - who probably shouldn't even be playing after the concussion he suffered against Iran - has been brilliant today. 2:22PM 63 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not quite sure how Morocco are yet to score at this World Cup. 2:19PM 61 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This is complete one-way action now. Yet another Morocco free-kick is launched into the penalty area, where it falls for Benatia. The centre-back really should score with plenty of space about 12 yards from goal, but he then fires it over the bar. 2:17PM 59 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A first change for Portugal sees Martins come on in place of the largely anonymous Bernardo Silva. 2:15PM 57 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What. A. Save. Belhanda rises highest to meet a Morocco free-kick from deep and seemingly divert the ball into the far corner, only for Patricio to fling himself at full stretch and turn the ball round the upright. A superb save. Portugal are under real pressure. RUI GORDON BANKS— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 20, 2018 2:14PM 55 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here come Morocco again. Amrabat is provider, drawing two defenders towards him before laying off to Belhanda, who shoots from the edge of the box. He strikes it well but straight at Patricio. "That bang on the head has turned Amrabat into a better player," says Martin Keown. 2:12PM 53 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyach and Amrabat are continuing to cause trouble for the Portuguese defence. The theme from the first half has carried on... 2:10PM 52 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 What a calamitous Portugal attack! Mario cuts the ball back to Bernardo Silva, whose shot is sliced so badly that it ends up behind him. Fortunately, the advancing Ronaldo is on hand to spank a follow-up up shot, but he leathers it a long way over the bar. 2:08PM 50 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Get me some of these. The assistant referees (linesmen) have some pretty sexy Russia 2018 boots on... Credit: getty images 2:06PM 47 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 No half-time changes for either time and Portugal have come quickest out of the blocks, with Guedes helping to win them a corner, but Fonte is penalised for holding his marker down. 2:04PM Kick-off We are back underway for the second half. 1:55PM Half-time stats Just look how little Portugal have had the ball in the final third... Portugal vs Morocco Check out a) how far back Portugal have been forced, and b) how high up the pitch Amrabat (No 16) has been... Average touch positions (half time) 1:50PM Analysis Morocco were somewhat unlucky against Iran and that theme has only continued today. The north Africans dominated almost every facet of the game, yet it is Portugal who lead, courtesy of that man Ronaldo. The Portuguese have been very poor as a whole. 1:48PM Half time Portugal 1 Morocco 0 1:47PM 45+2 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 I'm not convinced we're going to see Guerreiro in the second half. This time the Portugal left-back stupidly bundles Amrabat over by the corner flag to gift Morocco a free-kick. The delivery is good, Belhanda flicks it on at the front post and Benatia is inches away from turning it in, but he cannot reach it on the stretch. Very close. 1:45PM 45 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Three minutes of added time to be played. 1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's player Jerome Boateng (C) attends a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's player Jerome Boateng (C) attends a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's player Jerome Boateng (C) attends a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's head coach Joachim Loew (R) and player Jerome Boateng attend a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's head coach Joachim Loew (R) and player Jerome Boateng attend a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
SPB03. Sochi (Russian Federation), 20/06/2018.- Germany's head coach Joachim Loew (R) and player Jerome Boateng attend a training session at Park Arena in Adler Sochi, Russia, 20 June 2018. Germany will face Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F preliminary round soccer match on 23 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Suecia, Rusia, Alemania) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
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Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's players (from left) Pedro Geromel, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinhoduring their team's training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's players (from left) Pedro Geromel, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinhoduring their team's training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Sochi (Russian Federation), 19/06/2018.- Brazil's players (from left) Pedro Geromel, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinhoduring their team's training session in Sochi, Russia, 19 June 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E preliminary round soccer match on 22 June 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK
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Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium celebrates scoring the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium scores the 3-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (2 R) of Belgium scores the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium (C) scores the second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium (C) scores the second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium (C) scores the second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring the 2-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mate Dries Mertens after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mate Dries Mertens after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (R) of Belgium celebrates with team mate Dries Mertens after scoring the 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- (L-R) Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens of Belgium leave the pitch at half time during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- (L-R) Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens of Belgium leave the pitch at half time during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- (L-R) Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens of Belgium leave the pitch at half time during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
AS Roma have confirmed that manager Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a contract extension which should see him remain with the club until 2020. The 48-year-old led Roma to a third-place finish in Italy's top flight last season, a campaign which produced some incredible moments in the Champions League - particularly against Barcelona - who they reversed a huge deficit against to progress to the semis. OFFICIAL ✍️ Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a new contract with #ASRoma until 2020! ...
Eusebio Di Francesco Signs New Deal With AS Roma Following Impressive Season
AS Roma have confirmed that manager Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a contract extension which should see him remain with the club until 2020. The 48-year-old led Roma to a third-place finish in Italy's top flight last season, a campaign which produced some incredible moments in the Champions League - particularly against Barcelona - who they reversed a huge deficit against to progress to the semis. OFFICIAL ✍️ Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a new contract with #ASRoma until 2020! ...
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Sochi (Russian Federation), 18/06/2018.- Romelu Lukaku (L) of Belgium and Fidel Escobar of Panama in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) (Mundial de Fútbol, Bélgica, Roma, Rusia) EFE/EPA/RONALD WITTEK EDITORIAL USE ONLY
After a positive debut campaign in the Italian capital, the 48-year-old has agreed terms which will keep him in his current role for another two years
Di Francesco extends Roma contract through to 2020
After a positive debut campaign in the Italian capital, the 48-year-old has agreed terms which will keep him in his current role for another two years
Eusebio Di Francesco will remain with Roma until at least 2020 after signing a contract extension.
Di Francesco extends Roma contract
Eusebio Di Francesco will remain with Roma until at least 2020 after signing a contract extension.
Juventus' players celebrate the victory of the championship after the Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Juventus FC at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 13 May 2018. EFE
Juventus' players celebrate the victory of the championship after the Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Juventus FC at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 13 May 2018. EFE
Juventus' players celebrate the victory of the championship after the Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Juventus FC at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 13 May 2018. EFE
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has al