Ronaldo saves the day as lacklustre Portugal edges Morocco

Posted June 20, 2018

"It was a surprise about the start from Morocco, they were very strong, but I managed to score, to get the three points so it was lovely for me", he added. New Wolves keeper Rui Patrício starts as number one.

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Hakim Ziyech and Noureddine Amrabat had their way with the opposing full-backs.

Portugal defender Pepe said it was a "privilege" for the country to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star's dazzling display against Spain on Friday. Whereas, Morocco in its first match lost to Iran by 1-0.

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There was a bit of controversy in the build-up to the game surrounding Morocco's Nordin Amrabat, with the former Watford winger picking up a concussion in the loss to Iran.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to become the second-highest goalscorer in men's global soccer and, in the process, earn Portugal a nervy 1-0 win over Morocco. You can stream the match online on fuboTV (Try for free).

Portugal had one man to thank for not losing their opening game - and the identity of that man is hardly a surprise.

The referee waved played on, Morocco's players gesticulated at Ronaldo to get up, and the replays showed unequivocally that there had been zero contact.

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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.

Morocco failed to convert their chances and are pointless and can not progress to the second round.

After an injury-time own goal against Iran, Morocco will have to pick themselves up and rally in time for the game, and Herve Renard's side can still draw some positives from the defeat.

If Ronaldo plays at the same level Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, a Portugal victory would ensure elimination for Morocco.

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