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FIFA rubbishes claim World Cup referee Mark Geiger asked for Portugal shirt

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country needs.
While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Both FIFA and sources close to World Cup referee Mark Geiger have denied accusations from Morocco's Nordin Amrabat that the American official asked for a Portugal player's shirt during the game he worked on Wednesday.

Morocco complained about Geiger's performance after losing to Portugal 1-0 in the match, which was his first on-field assignment at the 2018 event, and midfielder Amrabat raised the prospect of impartial behaviour by the referee in an interview with Dutch...

Emmanuel Eboue: African teams need to be better in defence

Former Ivory Coast and Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue says African teams will continue to struggle at the World Cup if they don't improve their defence.

The five teams from the continent arrived in Russia with high hopes of finally reaching the semifinals, but already Morocco and Egypt are eliminated after only two rounds of games, while Nigeria and Tunisia also lost their openers.

Many of the goals conceded have come from set-pieces, with Cristiano Ronaldo's header from a corner-kick knocking...

Morocco's Nordin Amrabat chose to play vs. Portugal despite concussion

While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.
As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win.

Morocco's Nordin Amrabat has revealed he took the decision to play in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Portugal despite suffering a concussion against Iran five days ago.

"They [the Morocco head coach and the team doctor] asked me last night how I felt and it was my decision to play. I wanted to play, I told them and I played," he told ESPN FC on Wednesday.

The Morocco midfielder was aware that he could put his safety at risk, though, by playing again so quickly after his concussion.

"A week is the official...