Ronaldo saves the day as lacklustre Portugal edges Morocco

20 June, 2018, 19:27 | Author: Raquel Nash
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Portugal star's 85th goal includes five hat-tricks, 14 braces, 38 goals in separate matches and one match where he scored four goals in a single match. Russia's Denis Cheryshev has three.

That moved him ahead of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas and alone in second place worldwide behind Ali Daei's 109 goals for Iran.

Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and can not progress to the second round.

Portugal, who drew 3-3 in their opener against Spain, next play Iran on Monday.

In the end it did not matter but if Portugal want to go deep into this tournament, they may require others to take the limelight instead of relying on the Ronaldo show each time.

Cristiano Ronaldo has said Portugal's 1-0 World Cup win against Morocco in which he scored the winning goal was "beautiful".

And despite her Spanish nationality, it appears clear that Georgina is behind the Roja's Group B rivals Portugal at this World Cup.

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Portugal have met Wednesday's opponents, Morocco, at the World Cup before, losing 3-1 in the 1986 edition of the competition.

Morocco will rue giving Ronaldo too much freedom in the six-yard box. Younes Belhanda was twice denied by goalkeeper Rui Patricio's diving saves, and defender Mehdi Benatia scooped a shot over the bar.

The captain also put through Goncalo Guedes before the break only for the forward to shoot directly at Monir El Kajoui.

Ronaldo is back in action at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT; 1200 GMT).

Morocco's defence weren't particularly troubled by Iran, losing out only to an own goal, but this is a game in which they are likely to be severely tested.

The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players.

The centre-back pairing of Jose Fonte and Pepe (who, once again, did himself no favours in terms of his reputation by throwing himself to the ground when Benatia tapped him on the shoulder late on) needs protection and they did not get it.

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