At the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia, Cristiano Ronaldo once again was the star man for Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the second match running. He scored the winning goal against Morocco to eliminate the North Africans. After his hat-trick heroics against Spain in his side’s opener claimed a single point, one goal was enough to secure all three against Morocco on Wednesday.
Morocco exited from 2018 world cup with second defeat.
Ronaldo’s strike is his 85th international goal, a record for a European
Cristiano Ronaldo awarded with man of the match for his brilliant performance once again.
Watch full highlights of Portugal 1 – 0 Morocco FIFA World cup football match here:
It wasn’t the greatest showing from the Portuguese apart from Cristiano Ronaldo super goal at the 4th minutes, as Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. In all, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portugal — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one.
Morocco played their part in an enthralling match. But at the end, it was a decisive header from Ronaldo that claimed the win, his strike coming after just four minutes.
“It’s a World Cup. This is a strong team, as were Morocco, but we have to grow. We did well defensively, and we played well, but we need more than that. We have to change and earn more possession.” – Fernando Santos, Portugal coach
However post game there was a small controversy came into picture. Morocco’s Watford midfielder Nordin Amrabat told Dutch television that he heard from Portugal defender Pepe that American referee Mark Geiger asked for Ronaldo’s shirt at half time in the ill-tempered game. But Fifa have denied claims that the referee of the Portugal vs Morocco game on Wednesday afternoon asked for Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt at half time of the Group B encounter.
See all goals details of Portugal 1 – 0 Morocco FIFA World cup football match:
- 4′: RONALDO (PORTUGAL) SCORES!!
- The perfect start for Portgual! Cristiano Ronaldo’s brave header off Bernardo Silva’s corner has put the Portuguese ahead early.
“We qualified for a World Cup after 20 years and we’ve showed that we can play football, We do play football. In this Moscow stadium we felt like we were playing in Casablanca, which helped us a great deal.” – Herve Renard, Morocco coach
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