Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 4th goal at this World Cup to help Portugal grab an 1-0 victory as Morocco become the first team to be knocked out of World Cup.
2018 World Cup
4′ GOAL! Portugal 1-0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo)
GOAAALL Portugal 1-0 Morocco – He’s at it again, Ronaldo grabs his fourth goal of the tournament from the corner. The Real Madrid star wrestles away from his marker before diving low to head home past Mohamedi. Superb start for Portugal!!
9′ Ronaldo almost nets another goal!
CHANCE – Ronaldo nearly grabs a brace but he can only shoot wide of the far post. Morocco’s defence collapses as Ronaldo turns on the edge of the box but he cannot find the bottom corner.
39′ Guedes misses one-on-one chance!
SO CLOSE! Ronaldo brings the ball down and he plays in Guedes thanks to a well-weighted chip but the forward volleys straight into the hands of Mohamedi.
47′ Fonte’s header wide out!
WIDE! Portugal win a corner and Fonte climbs high but as he heads wide the referee gives a free kick to Morocco.
55′ Amazing save from Rui Patricio!
WHAT A SAVE!!!!! Stunning reflexes from Patricio keeps the score at 1-0 as he somehow leaps across to his right and palms away Belhanda’s header.
60′ CHANCE! Benatia’s shot over the bar!
CHANCE – Another set piece from Morocco causes problems and Benatia reacts quickly to try and volley home. However, he snatches at his effort and shoots into the stands. Terrible shot but another dangerous free kick from Renard’s men.
82′ Ronaldo goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!
Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard’s men out of the World Cup.
One the tournament’s star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos’ men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 international goals – one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.
Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods.
Renard was involved in discussions with officials over two rejected first-half penalty claims but his side created enough chances to score from open play had they been more accurate in front of goal.
Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos’ team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.
Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from their final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russia, while Portugal took a huge step towards the last 16.
Portugal XI: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, José Fonte, Rui Patrício, João Moutinho, Cédric Soares, William Carvalho, Raphael Guerreiro, João Mário, Gonçalo Guedes, Bernardo Silva
Subs: Ricardo Quaresma, Bruno Alves, Manuel Fernandes, Adrien Silva, Beto, Anthony Lopes, Mário Rui, André Silva, Ricardo Pereira, Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes, Rúben Dias
Morocco XI: Manuel da Costa, Karim El Ahmadi, Moubarak Boussoufa, Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia, Nordin Amrabat, Younès Belhanda, Munir Mohamedi, K. Boutaïb, Hakim Ziyech, Achraf Hakimi
Subs: Mehdi Carcela-González, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Faycal Fajr, Bono, Romain Saïss, Sofyan Amrabat, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Amine Harit, Hamza Mendyl, Youssef En-Nesyri, A. El Kaabi