AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Sergio Busquets stood in the center circle, hands on hips, a blank look on his face. He reached soccer’s top step with Spain and now had been stung by La Roja’s third straight elimination from a major tournament on penalty kicks, this time 3-0 to Morocco after a 0-0 draw Tuesday in the round of 16 of the World Cup. Spain has become a team of the past, its passing game passé. “What we did was dominate the game but we lacked the goal, that is the reality,” Spain coach Luis
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Morocco will face Portugal in the World Cup quarter-finals this weekend after an eventful climax to the round of 16. After Fernando Santos made the huge decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo following his antics against South Korea, replacement Goncalo Ramos of Benfica destroyed Murat Yakin’s team with a stylish hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition that rivalled - and probably surpassed - only Brazil’s dominance seen so far. Morocco vs Portugal is scheduled for a 3pm GMT kick-off on Saturday December 10, 2022.
<strong>Portugal 6-1 Switzerland: </strong>Ronaldo was replaced by Ramos in the starting line-up only for the 21-year-old to score a sublime hat-trick on his first international start