World Cup: Moroccan madness, the Portuguese offensive festival… what to remember from this Tuesday, December 6

The quarter-finals are now known. They look promising. This Thursday, Morocco and Portugal won the last two tickets. The Moroccans eliminated Spain after a close match (0-0, 3 pens to 0). Without Ronaldo replacing at kick-off, Portugal dominated Switzerland more easily (6-1). Here’s what to remember from Tuesday, December 6 in Qatar.

Emotion: Moroccan joy

After shaking during a tense end of extra time against Spain (0-0), the Moroccans were able to let their joy burst when Achraf Hakimi freed them with a panenka full of composure. Three shots on goal to nil: Morocco is in the quarter and it’s a whole people dancing with joy. After the players on the lawn, all over the world, and in particular in France on the Champs-Elysées, the supporters of the Atlas Lions celebrated this historic qualification.

The coach in history: Walid Regragui

The Moroccan becomes the first African coach to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup. The child of Corbeil, still had strong words at the end of the qualification: “From now on, we want to make history. I don’t think everyone realizes how willing this group is to die for selection.”

The number: 4

Morocco is the fourth African team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

The flop: the Spanish triple check

In view of a possible penalty shootout, Luis Enrique, the Spanish coach, had indicated, on the eve of the round of 16 against Morocco, that he had asked his players to arrive “with at least a thousand penalties taken with their clubs”. Result: the first three Spaniards called for the exercise of the penalty shootout – Sarabia, Soler and Busquets – sadly missed their attempt. And Spain became the second team not to score in a World Cup session, after Switzerland against Ukraine in 2006.

The revelation: Gonçalo Ramos

The 21-year-old Benfica striker only played a few minutes in the first round. This Tuesday, he started against Switzerland in place of Cristiano Ronaldo relegated to the substitutes’ bench! It is the first time since 2008 that the latter has not started a match for Portugal in a major tournament. And it’s an understatement to say that Ramos proved his coach right From the 17th minute, in a perfect movement, he turned around in the area to shoot with his left foot and send a shot at 106 km / h into the right corner of the Swiss goalkeeper Sommer. He then scored two more goals and largely contributed to the success of the Portuguese (6-1).

The absentee: Kylian Mbappé

This Tuesday in Doha, Kylian Mbappé did not take part in collective training, four days before the quarter-final of the World Cup against England, this Saturday. The 23-year-old world champion “works in the recovery room”, said the management of the Blues. From classic to D + 2 “, added the tricolor staff. This did not prevent him, in the evening, from congratulating his friend Achraf Hakimi after his successful shot on goal and the qualification of Morocco.

The excuses : Samuel Eto’o

“I deeply regret losing my temper and reacting in a way that doesn’t match my personality.” In a press release, the president of the Cameroonian Federation apologized for his incredible bloodshed the day before when he hit an Algerian Youtuber at the end of the Brazil-South Korea match. This Tuesday, Eto’o, a controversial figure, defended himself by highlighting the daily harassment he would suffer from Algerian supporters.


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