Portugal vs Morocco Tips - Ronaldo to add to his tally?

21 June, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal against Spain

Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.

The 33-year-old scored a first half header in four minute for Portugal against the Lions of the Atlas.

Ronaldo's 85th global goal made him Europe's all-time leading worldwide goalscorer as he broke Hungary legend Ferens Puskas's 62-year-old record.

Portugal will play their last group game against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

Only Iran's Ali Daei has more on 109.

Ronaldo has struck 23 times in his past 18 matches for his country, with 15 of those goals coming in World Cup qualification.

Renard also dismissed the idea of man-marking Ronaldo as a potentially futile tactic, especially since Portugal won the Euro 2016 final over France after their talisman had gone off injured. In this World Cup, has scored four goals from just five shots.


Morocco's striker Mehdi Benatia also missed two golden opportunities to score.

Yet aside from the goal, it was not a vintage display by Ronaldo or Portugal, who were caused problems by a spirited Morocco team.

During Wednesday's group stage match of this year's World Cup, Morocco's Medhi Benatia had some words for Portuguese defender Pepe.

Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations, as well as the graphic content of the violent attack, mean that we can not show you the footage but Pepe will do well to recover in time for their final group game against Iran on Monday.

He added: "If we put three [players] on Ronaldo, I don't know how we would mark the others. He is a warrior who wanted to play", said Renard, echoing the refrain that has caused so much damage to sportsmen for decades. "We have to play a very hard game against Iran and we want to top the group", he added.

Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament and record 85th for Portugal separated the two sides in the end.

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