Cristiano Ronaldo makes more history as Portugal beats Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo makes more history as Portugal beats Morocco
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20 June, 2018, 19:27
Portugal will be looking to pick up their first victory of the World Cup when they take on Morocco at the Luzhniki stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Andre Silva will relish playing with "the best in the world" Cristiano Ronaldo if he is picked to start alongside the Real Madrid star for Portugal against Morocco at the World Cup.
The game ended 1-0 in favour of Portugal as Morocco became the first nation to officially crash out of the FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo's fourth-minute goal moved him past the legendary Ferenc Puskas onto 85, and now only Iran's Ali Daei has scored more global goals (109) than the Real Madrid forward.
Him again. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the ice four minutes into the game, with the sort of diving header perilously inches from Karim El Ahmadi's boot that screamed: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Ronaldo scored three goals as Portugal forced Spain to a 3-3 draw in Group B opener at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.
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.
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The much-talked about plan of a Portugal in possession, spreading the play and dictating the tempo, never materialised.
The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro. He got the opener for Ronaldo against Spain in the 3rd minute last week.
Khalid Boutaib headed wide as Morocco began the match on the front foot but they were undone by the irrepressible Ronaldo before they could find their stride.
Although Ronaldo was spectacular against Spain and his tally included a late free kick, Morocco's defense has not let an opposing player score in World Cup qualifying since 2015.
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