Former Super Eagles of Nigeria international, Daniel Amokachi, has sympathised with one of Africa’s five representatives, Morocco, and opine that the North Africans at least deserved a point from their Group B clash with Portugal on Wednesday afternoon.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 4th minute bullet header was enough to hand his side all three points at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. In the process, he becomes Europe’s all-time international scorer with 85 goals.
The goal sends Hervé Renard’s men packing from Russia with one game to spare.
Although, ‘The Atlas Lions’ did put up a good fight, their best was not enough as the reigning European champions held on for their first maximum point in the competition.
Speaking as an analyst on Kwese, ‘The Bull’ says:
“If you are going to go by the performance, I think they (Morocco) deserve a point, or even picking three points because they never sat back after conceding a goal. They just kept playing normally. You cannot play that well and keep blank. That’s the only fault in their game today.”
Portugal over-reliant on Ronaldo?
“I think definitely if you have a superstar in your team, you will rely on him. Mo Salah was relied on by Egypt. When he didn’t play in the first game. When he played and was not 100%. You have Ronaldo and you have to rely on Ronaldo. He is there to do what he does best, and that is scoring goals. He has scored four in two (games) and that is a good stat.
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“But moving forward, for the Portuguese. If they are going to perform the way they did against Morocco today, believe me, I don’t see them going far.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 20, 2018
What Hervé Renard and his staff should do for the future
“Playing well, in both their games, I think they did play well. Like I said, they were hitting blanks and that is what is missing. So, if he is going back to the drawing board, I think they should go on their combination play, heading towards hitting the back of the net. That would definitely help them moving forward.”
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“In this modern era of football, if you don’t dominate possession and then, you don’t even create chances, then you are faulty. Yes, they scored three against the Spaniards – set-piece (freekick) and a penalty. Today, I didn’t see them creating any chances. So, that’s why I said earlier, if they perform like they did today, believe me, they won’t go far,” Amokachi, two-time World Cup participant, warns.
The 45 year old was Ambassador for Morocco’s 2026 failed World Cup bid.
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