Spain 'happy' with hard-fought win over valiant Iran

Cristiano Ronaldo was naturally delighted to be the centre of attention once again as his goal secured a 1-0 win for Portugal while eliminating Morocco from the World Cup.

Portugal are now favourites to go through in Group B after drawing with Spain and beating Morocco, but it could come down to goal difference. Portugal, Uruguay and Spain edged past their challengers by one goal to nil victory.

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

Ronaldo, with his fourth goal of the tournament, is now the most prolific European goal scorer at global level.

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Cristiano Ronaldo's situation at Real Madrid ahead of discussions between the Portugal captain and the Champions League winners, according to a report in Spain.

- Portugal kept a clean sheet in a World Cup match for the first time since 2010, when they kept three in three group stage games - they had conceded in five consecutive games prior to today. "It's much more hard to play without him but we have him and we trust him".

Morocco on the other have never won when they are trailing at half-time.

Russian Federation is the lowest FIFA ranked side at the event, but two games in they are top of their group with six points and are poised to qualify for the next stage. "We're nearly there but we'll see".

The Barcelona forward was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 7.57 rating, mostly because he scored the game victor.

"We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever", said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala of Messi. We are the best national teams in the world.

Portugal will take on take on Iran and Morocco will face Spain on June 25 in Group B's fixtures.

After a hard-fought win against Peru on Saturday, Denmark know that a win will book them a spot in the next round.

FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need.

"Coming into this tournament, people gave us no chance but we still have chances to qualify for the second round".

  • Kyle Peterson