Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end

Wendy Jensen
June 20, 2018

Morocco, playing in its first World Cup in 20 years, linked play neatly through midfield but relied on set-pieces for its clearest chances - a growing theme at this year's tournament.

With only four minutes on the clock, needless to say, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal, becoming the all-time leading European worldwide goal-scorer as he surpassed Ferenc Puskás.

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Group B game between Morocco and Portugal.

In the 56th minute, Morocco seemed to have gotten the equalizer as Belhanda's glancing header from a free-kick looks destined to go in but Rui Patricio in goal for Portugal, got a strong hand and made a fine save.

It was his fourth goal in five attempts from the two matches played in FIFA World Cup 2018 and with that being his 85th worldwide goal, Ronaldo surpassed Hungarian legend Fren Puskas to become leading European goalscorer in the history of football.

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Morocco desperately need the three points following their late defeat to Iran last time out, while Portugal earned a hard-fought point in a 3-3 draw with Spain.

Goncalo Guedes had the opportunity to double Portugal's lead late in the first period when he broke into the opposing penalty box, but the attacker could not find a route past Morocco stopper Munir.

One the tournament's star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos' men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 worldwide goals - one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.

Portugal complete their first-round against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on Jun 25.

The defeat means Morocco are out of the competition as they have lost their opening two fixtures and can not qualify for the last 16.

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The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Despite a far from vintage performance from the Portuguese team against Morocco, Ronaldo says the European champions are aiming to top Group B after improving on the single point in the draw against Spain.

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

In 1986 World Cup, Morocco thrashed Portugal by 3-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaps high in the air after scoring his 85th goal for Portugal, the second-most in global football.

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