1-0: Morocco Lost to Portugal after Spectacular Performance
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jun 21, 2018,
Jun 21, 2018, 2:14
A below-par Portugal were again rescued by Cristiano Ronaldo's eye for goal as they stumbled to 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday that meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
The Portugal head coach, after a question over the possibility for Ronaldo to beat the record of most goals scored in a World Cup, told his Tuesday evening news conference that his squad consisted than much more than just the Real Madrid star.
Ronaldo's goal was his fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide scorers.
Ronaldo, who is 33, also scored all three goals for Portugal in their opening 3-3 draw against Spain and is the early front-runner for the Golden Boot award for most goals at the World Cup.
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Group B game between Morocco and Portugal.
"We have to look at this and we have to talk about it", Portugal coach Santos said.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on a mission this World Cup.
And as Morocco bow out of the tournament, Ronaldo and Portugal march on in search of top spot in group B, with surprise package Iran their final group game in Saransk on Monday.
Morocco will rue giving Ronaldo too much freedom in the six-yard box.
Morocco had devised specific plans to keep Ronaldo at bay but their worst fears came true in only the fourth minute when his header off Bernardo Silva's corner found the back of the net.
"[Morocco] are one of the best teams in Africa".
- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).
Morocco, playing in its first World Cup in 20 years, linked play neatly through midfield but relied on set-pieces for its clearest chances - a growing theme at this year's tournament. They have a lot of experience with players who play in the best leagues in Europe.
Now 33 years old, Ronaldo knows that this summer's tournament in Russian Federation is most likely the last chance he is going to get to achieve glory with his nation.