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

Danny Woods
June 20, 2018

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including an 88th-minute free-kick, as the European champions rescued a point late on in a pulsating 3-3 draw in their opening Group B match last weekend.

Morocco is in must-win mode if it wants to reach the knockout stage of the tournament.

Amrabat and his Morocco team-mates were beaten for a second time in Russian Federation, having lost their World Cup opener against Iran to an injury-time own-goal.

Portugal looks well set to advance to the round of 16 while Morocco will certainly be going home.

Morocco star Amrabat lines up for his side against Portugal as they aim to breathe new life into their World Cup campaign. We have to play like we did in the European Championship two years ago. "We had five, six big chances, they created nothing", Amrabat said post-match.

Ronaldo took just four minutes to open the scoring with the game's only goal.

This is the World Cup, where the lovely game is showcased, and there is no place for attacks like this with kids watching from home.

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With Spain and Portugal tying, Iran leads Group B after beating Morocco 1-0 in their opener.

Portugal's misses mattered little, however, as the European champions secured their first win of Russian Federation 2018. "In the end the football gods will decide", said the former Real Madrid coach.

They are a team which caused a lot of trouble.

Portugal earned a narrow 1-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday, after Cristiano Ronaldo's early header proved to be the difference.

The Saudis' preparations were jolted by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suffered a fire in one of its engines.

Hosts Russia beat Egypt 3-1 in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, putting them on the brink of the next round despite pre-tournament expectations that they would struggle to get out of their group.

Morocco end their World Cup campaign against Spain on June 25, looking to sign out of Russian Federation with at least a goal to their name.

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