By Emmanuel Alfred

Morocco stunned Spain and indeed the whole world when they defeated the Spanish side in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The game had ended goalless after 120 minutes and was down to penalties. The Spanish side failed to score their kicks with goalkeeper Yassine Bounou brilliantly saving two.

The Atlas Lions converted all three of their spot kicks to qualify for the quarter finals.

Morocco becomes only the fourth African side to reach the quarter-finals at a World Cup, matching the achievements of Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).

Twenty one year old Goncaldo Ramos was the star of the match as Portugal trounced Switzerland 6-1 in the round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Ramos, who was picked ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hattrick for the 2016 European winners.

Pepe, Rafael Leão, and Rafael Guerreiro were the other goalscorers in the match.

Portugal have now secured a quarter final tie with Morocco on December 12 at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Meanwhile, Portugal head coach, Fernando Santos says that Cristiano Ronaldo’s role in his team is “something which has to be defined”.

Ronaldo was a surprise omission from the starting lineup in the game Portugal won 6-1.
In reaction to a supposed rift and why the 37 year old was on the bench, Santos said: “Ronaldo and I never misinterpreted the human and personal aspect with that of manager and player. I will always consider that he is a very important player to have in the team.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid forward, Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 31.
Hazard, who made his Belgium debut in 2008 at the age of 17, went on to win 126 caps, scoring 33 goals.

His decision comes after Belgium were knocked out in the group stages of the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.


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