Ronaldo goal earns Portugal 1-0 victory over Morocco

Andre Silva Cristiano Ronaldo- cropped

The goal also moved him on to four goals in two games at Russian Federation 2018 - already more than at his total of three goals at three previous World Cups.

Cristiano Ronaldo's early header in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco at the World Cup was his 85th goal for his country - breaking the European record.

It was Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide goalscorers.

All 23 players took part in Portugal's final training session ahead of their clash at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Moroccan team dominated the ball with 63 percent possession against 37 percent for Portugal.

Ronaldo's 4 minute goal was enough, and all Portugal had to do was hold firm in defence. Their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Renard's side rallied and Medhi Benatia brought a good low save from Rui Patricio with a downward far-post header and he was soon tested again by Hakim Ziyech's raking drive from 20 yards.

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.




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He was too strong for marker Manuel Da Costa and found space in the goalmouth to meet Joao Moutinho's cross after a corner.

Benatia, a rugged defender who plays for Juventus, led the efforts to stop Ronaldo.

He had a broad smile on his face as he motioned, and he can count himself a little lucky it wasn't reviewed - if it had been, he could have ended up with a yellow card!

Portugal, which drew 3-3 in its opener against Spain, next play Iran on Monday.

The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

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