Ighalo is backing Morocco to stun Portugal

Ex Tremendous Eagles striker Odion Ighalo believes Morocco can stun the 2016 European champions after they conflict on the Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday (right now), PUNCH Sports activities Additional reviews.

Morocco turned the second African staff after Nigeria to beat Spain on the FIFA World Cup after beating the 2018 winners 3-0 on penalties after additional time ended goalless on Tuesday.

Every of the earlier three African groups to achieve the quarter-finals have been eradicated within the final eight, with Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) all falling at this hurdle.

Forward of Saturday’s (right now’s) quarter-final conflict in Qatar, the Al Hilal striker admits the Atlas Lions have the standard to surpass Africa’s greatest World Cup act.

Each groups met twice on the World Cup. Within the 1986 version, Morocco defeated Portugal 3-1, whereas within the 2018 version in France, Portugal defeated Morocco 1-0.

Thus far, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana have been thought-about one of the best African groups on the Mundial, however for Ighalo, the success of African groups in Qatar is one thing he’s retaining an in depth eye on, together with Morocco.

“Towards Portugal (within the spherical of 16) it is going to be tough, however in soccer something can occur,” Ighalo advised The Athletic.

“Names do not play soccer – when you work onerous and provides it your all on the pitch, you will have each likelihood of going by means of, so one mistake can value any staff. So I need to

“All one of the best to Morocco, however as an African I hope one of the best staff wins.”

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