Portugal captain Ronaldo stays on bench for Morocco match: Right choice from coach, says Wayne Rooney

Portugal captain Ronaldo stays on bench for Morocco match: Right choice from coach, says Wayne Rooney
Portugal captain Ronaldo stays on bench for Morocco match: Right choice from coach, says Wayne Rooney

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was as soon as once more benched as coach Fernando Santos named their beginning line-up for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final towards Morocco.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 10, 2022 20:02 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo benched once more! Santos sticks with hat-trick hero Ramos for Morocco (Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Former England captain Wayne Rooney reckons Portugal coach Fernando Santos made the suitable choice to bench captain Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final towards Morocco.

Notably, Portugal once more left captain Ronaldo out of their beginning line-up, holding hat-trick hero Goncalo Ramos within the staff. This is the second successive time that Ronaldo has not been named within the beginning line-up, as he was benched for the 6-1 win over Switzerland within the final 16 the place the 21-year-old Ramos scored three in solely his fourth look.

Ronaldo, 37, was upset at being omitted by coach Fernando Santos on the eve of the sport, and Portugal’s soccer federation then needed to deny studies that their skipper had threatened to go away the match. Rooney spoke on News18 forward of the quarter-final match between Morocco and Portugal.

Portugal will try to finish Morocco’s unbeaten streak. Portugal is at this stage for the third time, following 1966 and 2006, which is probably stunning given the nation’s expertise through the years. Portugal misplaced within the spherical of 16 to Uruguay 4 years in the past, although a group-stage sport towards Morocco was “presumably probably the most troublesome match” the staff confronted, based on Santos on Friday.

Santos made one change on Saturday after that convincing win, with Ruben Neves in for William Carvalho, whereas his Morocco counterpart Walid Regragui was compelled to shuffle his protection after Nayef Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui have been dominated out by damage.

The absence of each is a serious blow, with Yahia Attiat Allah in at left again for Mazraoui and Jawad El Yamiq changing Aguerd. There had additionally been concern over the health of captain Romain Saiss and midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, however each will play.

Teams:

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Jawad El Yamiq, Yahya Attiat-Allah, Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah, Azzedine Ounahi, Hakim Ziyech, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri

Portugal: Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves, Joao Felix, Goncalo Ramos

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