Ronaldo reacts to Portugal 1-0 win over Morocco

21 June, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe's all-time leading scorer with 85 global goals.

Somehow, someway, the Moroccan defence decided not to prioritise marking Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Real Madrid superstar smashed home a header past the helpless Monir El Kajoui.

When they did manage to stop appealing and concentrate on playing, Morocco looked risky and were the dominant side in the second half.

Then on Friday he doubled his record at the tournament and became only the fourth man to score in four different tournaments as he scored a match saving hat-trick to give Portugal a 3-3 draw with rivals Spain.

The Atlas Lions, who lost 0-1 to Iran in their first game, lie bottom of the group without a point.

It was his 85th global goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

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Portugal will meet Iran in their final group game on June 25, with Morocco set to bow out after their match against Spain in Kaliningrad.

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

Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro and the entire squad erupted in outrage.

Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball. The Portuguese will face Iran in their final match on Monday in Saransk.

Morocco continued to carve out opportunities as Patricio clung on well to a curling Belhanda shot, and the Portugal keeper pulled off an even better save minutes later.

The most important thing for our team is for Cristiano Ronaldo to be well.

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