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Team News: One change for Portugal versus Morocco

Team News: One change for Portugal versus Morocco
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Portugal coach Fernando Santos brings Joao Mario in for Bruno Fernandes for Portugal's tie with Morocco.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has brought Joao Mario in for Bruno Fernandes for Portugal's tie with Morocco this afternoon.

Elsewhere, Santos keeps the same players in that drew 3-3 with Spain last Friday.

Rui Patricio begins in goal, while Pepe and Jose Fonte continue at centre-back.

In midfield, Joao Moutinho and Mario partner Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho, while Goncalo Guedes starts with Cristiano Ronaldo up top.

For Morocco, Carlos Quieroz opts for Manuel da Costa at centre-back ahead of Romain Saiss.

Nordin Amrabat has been cleared to play after suffering concussion in his side's 1-0 defeat to Iran on Friday, leaving younger brother Sofyan Amrabat on the bench.

Younes Belhanda and Karim El Ahmadi both start in midfield, while Khalid Boutaib begins up top.

Portugal: Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Mario, Silva, Carvalho; Guedes; Ronaldo
Subs: Alves, Fernandes, Silva, Lopes, Dias, Pereira, Martins, Rui, Quaresma, Beto, A Silva, B Fernandes

Morocco: Munir; Dirar, Benatia, Da Costa, Hakimi; Belhanda, El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, Ziyech; Boutaib, Harit
Subs: Bounou, Mendyl, Fajr, Bennasser, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela, Saiss, El Kaabi,

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