Portugal is closing in on booking a spot into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after hanging on to beat Morocco 1-0 on Wednesday to move to four points in Group B and Morocco are knocked out of the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup with the winner as Portugal knocked Morocco out of the tournament as he scored his fourth goal of the tournament with a header in the fourth minute to guide Portugal to their second win in two games.
It wasn’t the best showing from the Portuguese, as Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. Overall, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portugal — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one.
Morocco, who last week failed in their bid to host the 2026 World Cup, became the first team to be eliminated from this one with one Group B game to go — but they did not go down without a fight.
Backed by thousands of noisy fans, who packed one end of the ground, they created enough chances to earn at least a draw – and would have got something out of the game with better finishing.Follow @gorkhapost
SAFF Championship : Nepal crash out after 3-0 defeat against Maldives
KATHMANDU — Maldives has defeated Nepal 3-0 and entered final of the SAFF Championship held at Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Maldivian defender Akram Abdul Ghanee scored the first goal against Nepal at the ninth minute utilizing a free-kick allotted for Maldives for the foul committed my Bimal Gharti Magar.
With this win, Maldives have booked their place in the final of the championship for the fifth time.
The game was briefly stopped after 27 minutes on the clock due to thunderstorm. Upon resumption of the game, Nepal boasted a huge possession with the ball but lacked the finishing touch in front of opposition goal.
Maldives doubled the score with Ibrahim Waheed Hassan’s scored second goal at the 84th minute by shooting the ball from the center of the box.
Then Waheed Hassan scored the third goal against Nepal at the 87th minute capitalizing on the pass given by Abdulla Asadhulla.
The next edition of the SAFF Championship would be held in Pakistan.Follow @gorkhapost