Ronaldo reacts to Portugal 1-0 win over Morocco

Ronaldo reacts to Portugal 1-0 win over Morocco

Ronaldo reacts to Portugal 1-0 win over Morocco

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.

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.

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.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament. He could not get the ball up and over a solid wall of defenders on either occasion.

Despite their battling display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant - though they claimed a Portuguese foul was at the root of it. Bernardo Silva chose to take a short corner with the help of Joao Moutinho, who crossed a teasing ball to the six-yard box.

Amrabat and his Morocco team-mates were beaten for a second time in Russian Federation, having lost their World Cup opener against Iran to an injury-time own-goal.

The second-half was a carbon copy of the first.

Portugal will play their last group game against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

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

The result left Spain joint top of their group with Portugal on four points, but Iran close behind on three going into the third and final set of games.

Morocco's Nordin Amrabat has slammed the lack of use of VAR during his side's 1-0 defeat to Portugal.

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