Ronaldo's early opener knocks out Morocco

World Cup 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Seek Victory Against Morocco

World Cup 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Seek Victory Against Morocco

No European player has scored more for his country.

The player was withdrawn after 72 minutes against Iran and many Morocco fans feared he would miss the Portugal showdown.

Morocco does not have any chance to move to the next round of the 2018 World Cup after losing its first and second game.

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 global goals - one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings. However, it is definitely a frustrating exit for Morocco who are now out of the competition following back-to-back defeats.

However, Portugal held out and go on to complete their first round against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

He said: "Even if you want to draw up plans for Ronaldo, he always finds a way out or makes a difference or puts his team back on the right track".

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Portugal's captain made his way to the dressing room before kick-off, sporting his new look. Joao Mario's two-way running gave them flexibility, but they really struggled to take the sting out of Herve Renard's press.

Its clearest shooting chances fell to a defender, Benatia, who could not keep them on target.

Hello! Welcome to the Live Updates for Portugal Vs Morocco. Herve Renard's side were aggressive and precise in their movements off the ball and, when in possession, violated the Portuguese lines easily. Whilst Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will be the Atlas Lion's main goal threat today. They were perpetually risky on set-pieces and they will look back on a host of missed chances.

Morocco's defence weren't particularly troubled by Iran, losing out only to an own goal, but this is a game in which they are likely to be severely tested. He returned after five and wore protective headgear, though, with Renard calling him a "warrior" after.

The Real Madrid superstar has never been one for facial hair, and it seems odd that he would opt to make this change midway through a World Cup tournament.

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