Cristiano Ronaldo exits last World Cup in tears as Morocco stυn Portugal in quarter-final.
After Portugal was eliminated from the World Cup by Morocco in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo wept as he said goodbye to the tournament for the final time. The winners of Euro 2016 were clearly outclassed for the entirety of their match in Qatar, which resulted in a 1-0 loss.
In Portugal’s pursuit of a spot in the World Cup semifinals, Ronaldo was given a spot on the bench for the second game in a row, which was announced before the encounter. The 37-year-old had started all three of his country’s matches in the group stage, but Goncalo Ramos was brought in to take his place for the match against Switzerland in the round of 16. Even after scoring a hat trick in Benfica’s 6-1 triumph, the striker did not lose his starting position for the match against Morocco.
Before the match, Portugal was the clear favorite to go to the semifinals of the competition. Youssef En-Nesyri was able to score just before halftime because the other team’s goalkeeper, Diogo Costa, made a hash of a cross and allowed the ball to get past him into the net.
After advancing past Spain in the round of 16, Morocco was able to reach the quarterfinals in Qatar, exceeding all pre-tournament projections. As the second half progressed, the African team fought valiantly against Portugal’s attempts to claw their way back into the game. They were in no mood to concede any ground to Portugal.
As time wound down in the second session, Portugal increased the amount of pressure that they were putting on the Morocco goal. And Ronaldo had a chance to tie the game for his team in the last seconds of stoppage time as he went through on goal with a clear shot at the net. But he was unable to score because the goalkeeper for Morocco, Bono, was up to the challenge.
And Morocco prevailed in the end to secure their spot in the World Cup semifinals, despite being down to 10 men after Walid Cheddira was sent off in the closing seconds of the match.
The team from Africa will play the victor of the highly anticipated match between England and France in the quarterfinals of the competition. If one of these teams wins on Saturday, they will feel confident about their chances of beating Morocco and advancing to the World Cup final. Both of these nations have been in brilliant form during the entire tournament in Qatar.