Ronaldo winner sends Morocco crashing out of SWC

Jo Caldwell
June 21, 2018

The 33-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament in his side's opening 3-3 draw with Spain, drawing level with Ferenc Puskas as Europe's most prolific global goalscorer on 84 in the process.

Morocco fell behind in the fourth minute to a diving Cristiano Ronaldo header, which saw him overtake Ferenc Puskas as the record European global goalscorer, but were on top for much of the contest thereafter.

Portugal have no such concerns and will seek to win the group in their final game against Iran, while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

The North African team, who lost to Iran in their opening match courtesy of a 95th-minute own goal, was even more threatening after the break.

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Portugal threatened only sporadically, although they might have had a second when Ronaldo sent Goncalo Guedes through on goal, but his shot was saved by Munir.

"Like all the players at the World Cup, he wants to play every game", Renard said.

When he turned 30, Ronaldo had scored 52 goals in 118 games for Portugal.

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Morocco does not have any chance to move to the next round of the 2018 World Cup after losing its first and second game.

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One week in and this is already gearing up to be Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup.

Portugal's campaign began with a bang as they drew 3-3 with Spain, while Morocco fell to a 1-0 defeat to Iran in stoppage time.

"I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us", striker Andre Silva told reporters at Portugal's training base.

"With Rio Ferdinand, they were playing table tennis and Rio beat him", said Evra, who is working at the World Cup as a pundit for ITV.

Incidentally, that was also Morocco's first ever win at the tournament.

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