The World Cup field continues to narrow as trailblazers Morocco face quarter-final opponents Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday.
Now set to battle it out for a place in the final four, the Atlas Lions held off Spain before emphatically winning on penalties to reach this stage for the first time, while the Selecao were a side transformed as they slayed Switzerland in the last 16.
We say Prediction : Morocco 0-1 Portugal
When these nations last locked horns at the World Cup finals, Morocco emerged 3-1 victors back in 1986, but some 36 years later the scoreline could be very different.
Even the Atlas Lions’ fierce defensive commitment surely cannot keep one of the tournament’s most potent teams at bay for 120 minutes, and one of Portugal’s cast of rising stars – or perhaps even a wily old head – will find a way to seal a spot in the semi-finals.