World Cup: Impressive Morocco v Spain, Portugal v Switzerland, what to expect on Tuesday 6 December

The last two rounds of the last 16 will take place this Tuesday. Morocco, the surprise team of the first round, will challenge Spain, who are favorites to win the final. In the other 1/8 round, there will be a European duel between Portugal and Switzerland, which eliminated France from the last Euro.


16:00: Morocco – Spain (BeIN Sports 1)

20:00: Portugal – Switzerland (TF1, BeIN Sports 1)

Poster: Morocco-Spain

Eight days after their exploitation at the expense of Belgium (2-0), Morocco faces another contender for the final victory, Spain. Having surprised everyone thanks to two wins and a draw against the finalist (Croatia) who finished first in Group F and the last World Cup 3rd (Belgium), the Atlas Lions do not want to stop there in the second round of 8 of the World Cup. final on dates. 36 years ago, the Moroccans, led in particular by former players Abdelkrim Merry Krimau and Aziz Bouderbala, lost (0-1) to AFR at the end of the game after a free kick by Lothar Matthäus.

Morocco will face Spain on Tuesday, 4 years after their last match in the group stage of the World Cup 2018 (2:2). we have things to show, we prepared well, we have another day of recovery, said Moroccan coach Walid Regraqui. We hope to create a surprise because, to be honest, if we knock Spain out, it will be a nice surprise. They have the DNA of big competitions that we don’t have. This team has been in the same form for 15-20 years, having a high ball, tiki taka, with always talented players in midfield. They want the ball, they don’t give it to the opponent and their behavior on the pitch never changes. »

Born in Essonne, the former AS Corbeil player continues. “My job with the staff is to balance the emotions so that they feel it’s a game for history, but they don’t have too much pressure. Here’s the formula: no complexes, no regrets and playing football. On the contrary, Spain lost its luster after the game against Costa Rica (7-0) in the first game. Luis Enrique’s men were caught by Germany (1-1), then lost to Japan (1-2). Even if they remain favorites against Morocco, La Roja wants to be cautious. “They have very quality players and they work very well collectively, it will be a very difficult and very balanced match,” declares defensive midfielder Rodri. They eliminated Belgium. We have to be on the big day to beat them. »

Player to watch: Breel Embolo

He is one of the most outstanding players of the group stage. Generous, powerful and efficient, Breel Embolo put his stone in the building in qualifying for the Swiss round of 16. After an action-packed game against Cameroon, where he scored the only goal for the country of his birth, the Swiss striker faced Serbia in a decisive match (3-2). The powerful centre-forward is confirming his excellent start to the season with AS Monaco, who he joined this summer from M’Gladbach (Bundesliga) for a fee of €12.5m. Breel Embolo (25), who has 8 goals and 4 assists in all competitions with the Rock club, has clearly gone through a phase this season.

Expression: “I didn’t like Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude at all”

The head coach of the Portuguese national team, Fernando Santos, did not like the behavior of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was substituted in the 65th minute of the 3rd match of the group stage with South Korea (1:2). And he said it at the press conference by criticizing his captain. “I didn’t hear anything during the game. I only saw him fight with a Korean. I’ve looked at the pictures since then and I don’t like it at all. These issues are resolved internally. They are settled. Period. Resuming work at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr to see if the announced five-time Ballon d’Or winner could return to the bench against Switzerland, he said: “The starting team, the players will know when they come into the dressing room. I am in this position as usual. »

Number : 2

As the number of qualification for the 1/4 final stage of the World Cup of Portugal. The Portuguese are aiming to finish 3rd in the world’s top 8 for their 8th appearance in the finals. The 2016 European champions reached this stage of the competition twice, in 1966 and again in 2006. Good luck, because the Seleção later qualified for the semi-finals (lost 2-1 against England in 1966 and 1-0 against France in 2006).

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