Morocco World Cup: How the Group B teams fared

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Goal.com tracks the performance of Morocco and all the opposition they will face in Group B in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

Taking on Uzbekistan’s national squad in their second pre-World Cup warm-up, Morocco imposed their tactical superiority and gracefulness, culminating in a well-deserved victory.

The Atlas Lions started the game with high intensity and an admirable winning mentality. From the very early minutes of the game they pressed high and attacked eloquently.

There was pace, determination, and resolution in the Atlas Lions’ tireless crosses and wide passes in Tuesday’s clash.


Morocco 2 v 0 Uzbekistan


Ismail El Haddad Morocco 2018 CHAN

Morocco defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly match held to prepare them for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

Ayoub Kaabi scored the first goal (in the 4th minute) with the help of his teammate Hakim Ziyech while defender Marouane Da Costa did the same three minutes before the end of the game's first half.

Four days earlier, the Moroccan team successfully defeated Serbia (2-1) in another friendly match, which was hosted by Turin, Italy.

The 1976 African champions will launch their Group B campaign in Russia with a clash against Iran in St Petersburg on June 15. Morocco and Iran have played each other twice in the past with the Atlas Lions winning both matches including one on penalties.

They will face reigning European champions Portugal on June 20 in Moscow before a final Group clash against 2010 World Cup winners Spain in Kaliningrad on June 25.

The North Africans have previously topped a group involving Portugal, when they finished above England and Poland in the 1986 World Cup.


Portugal 0 v 3 Netherlands


Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Netherlands

Portugal paid for a weak first-half display as the Netherlands cruised to a 3-0 win in a friendly on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo's evening barely improved after a rough challenge early on by Dutch defender Tonny Vilhena. He left the game after 68 minutes soon after teammate Joao Cancelo was sent off.

The European champions were well beaten by goals from Memphis Depay in the 11th minute, Ryan Babel in the 32nd, and captain Virgil Van Dijk in first-half stoppage time.

Portugal could have pegged Holland back if Cristiano Ronaldo had been awarded a penalty following a clumsy challenge from Nathan Ake on the half hour mark.

Ronaldo was replaced by Joao Moutinho with just over 20 minutes remaining as the game petered out, while Ajax starlet Justin Kluivert was brought on by Koeman for his international debut in the 78th minute. 


Iran 2 v 1 Algeria


Sardar Azmoun Iran

Four days after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in Rades, Iran defeated Algeria 2-1 in Graz, Austria on Tuesday.

Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi both scored in the opening 20 minutes at the Merkur Arena. Azmoun found the back of the net with a header in the 11th minute and Taremi rounded Algerian keeper Faouzi Chaouchi eight minutes later to make it 2-0.

Algeria center-back Farouk Chafai pulled a goal back in the 56th minute with a header.

Carlos Queiroz’s team have been drawn in Group B of the 2018 World Cup along with Spain, Morocco and Portugal. The Iran national football team will open the campaign with a match against Morocco at Saint Petersburg on June 15.


Spain 6 v 1 Argentina


Isco Spain

Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain warmed up for the 2018 World Cup by crushing 2014 finalists Argentina in Madrid.

Spain raced into a 2-0 lead when Diego Costa stabbed past Sergio Romero before Isco side-footed his first goal. Argentina, without injured forward Lionel Messi, pulled it back to 2-1 through Nicolas Otamendi's header.

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Isco and Thiago Alcantara extended the lead to 4-1 with substitute Iago Aspas added the fifth before Isco completed his hat-trick.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, are now unbeaten in 18 games since Julen Lopetegui took charge following their exit at the first knockout stage of Euro 2016.

They have two more friendlies, against Switzerland and Tunisia, before they launch their World Cup group campaign against European champions Portugal on 15 June.

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