Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end

Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Boutaib had the first half-chance of the match in the second minute, but Morocco's number 13 could only flick his header wide of Rui Patricio's post.

Ronaldo's brilliant hat-trick earned Portugal a point against Spain in the first game but Morocco have to bounce back from defeat to Iran in opening match.

The North African team, who lost to Iran in their opening match courtesy of a 95th-minute own goal, was even more threatening after the break.

"Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia", the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

However, Amrabat is clearly keen to play through the pain as his nation aim to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese team-mates. I hope this World Cup will be Cristiano's.

Ronaldo scored the victor for Portugal against Morocco. Let us know in the comments section below.

Younes Belhanda caught the eye against Portugal in Morocco's second outing at the World Cup, and he could make for a good bit of business by Newcastle United.

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"I'm not disappointed about the performance, I'm happy with it and very proud of my players", emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard told reporters.

The former Real Madrid man, who is no stranger to controversy, went down rather easily following a pat on the back from opposition defender Mehdi Benatia.

Goncalo Guedes had the opportunity to double Portugal's lead late in the first period when he broke into the opposing penalty box, but the attacker could not find a route past Morocco stopper Munir.

Morocco wasn't almost as fortunate in its opener, conceding a 95th-minute own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz to suffer a 1-0 loss to Iran.

Having won nine of their last 10 qualifiers and having an all-round better side than Morocco, Portugal will be confident of their chances of edging closer to the knockout stages in this one.

"From the first minute to the moment I woke up in the hospital, I wanted to play today, I felt good, even though I feel more exhausted than normal".

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