Portugal’s Andre Silva wary of Morocco in second World Cup match

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Portugal will face Morocco at the 78,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday after playing out a 3-3 draw in the opener

Portugal striker Andre Silva has warned his teammates not to underrate Morocco when the two sides clash in Moscow on Wednesday.

Portugal claimed a point from their opening match against Spain while the Atlas Lions lost by a solitary goal to Iran. The AC Milan striker is now warning that they should be very cautious against a wounded Morocco side.

"Morocco lost their first game - now they will be giving their all. They are used to playing against European teams, many of their players play for European clubs. The game is going to be difficult but I hope we will manage to win.

“Of course Portugal are stronger than Morocco. But the game is not going to be easy. We must respect all our opponents. Any game at the tournament is difficult and I can't say that one match will be easier than the other. We need to study every opponent.”

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Silva, who came off the substitutes’ bench against Spain, could start at the Luzhniki Stadium, alongside the Real Madrid forward and Portugal talisman.

“Playing next to him is a dream. He is the best in the world. I can say that makes things easier. Things come out more natural, sometimes passes that could be more difficult he facilitates. We understand each other very well. it’s good to play alongside him.”

Iran currently sit top of Group B having beaten Morocco 1-0 in their opening fixture, while the favourites to progress, Portugal and Spain, played out a thriller of a 3-3 draw.