Portugal star becomes second leading global scorer with Morocco goal

Morocco, who will become the first team who are unable to progress to the next stage if they lose, found space to attack but had trouble getting into the Portuguese box.

- Portugal have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup group games (0-4 v Germany in 2014), winning five and drawing the other four.

Russian fans were elated as the World Cup hosts cruised past Egypt 3-1 in their second game in Group A, virtually booking a place in the knockout stages of the tournament. "We are at a World Cup and we have to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team". Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. We've tried to continue improving what we did well and rectify what we didn't do so well, but it's two or three days, we don't have magic dust.

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second leading worldwide goalscorer of all time after finding the back of the net against Morocco. We're used to that nearly, not only in the last match but his career as a whole. "But I've never seen a player win a game on his own".

Former worldwide defender Fernando Hierro is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament Spain - expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages - have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected.

The 49-year-old Frenchman, who had a spell in charge of Cambridge United in 2004, also had to field questions about how they are going to defend against Ronaldo. "We have to be very focused and intense in our play and, if we play like we can do, we will win. The first game was a good sign for us".

"He's absolutely exceptional. Perhaps that word isn't even strong enough but you have to do everything to stop him".

"If we put three (players) on Ronaldo, they have so much offensive quality".

  • Kyle Peterson