Ronaldo's Portugal eliminate Morocco from 2018 FIFA World Cup

Brenda Watkins
June 22, 2018

He has now scored Portugal's last five World Cup goals, while his bullet header in the fourth minute was his 85th goal for his country, meaning he is now Europe's all-time leading male goalscorer.

After his incredible three-goal haul in game one, Ronaldo will be looking for more of the same today.

Puskas played for both Hungary and Spain in his career, but he scored all of his 84 official goals for the iconic Mighty Magyars. And it's a good thing for Portugal, too, because he's basically all they have right now.

In Group B, Portugal chalked up their first win of the tournament, beating Morocco 1-0, while Spain earned the third 1-0 victory of the day over Iran.

The other Group B powerhouse, Spain kept pace with their European neighbours on Wednesday, defeating Iran 1-0.

Ronaldo´s goal was his 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 global scorers. While this performance wasn't as dominant as Friday's, he was the most unsafe player on the pitch throughout, and that's going to be the case against most teams.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic: Argentina will be our 'easiest game'
It was evident how far long the team has come and how well they know their strengths. Dalic clarified: "I didn't say that Argentina was the easiest opponent".

What chance do you give Iran of getting over on Portugal, who only topped a dominant Morocco side via a terrific designed play executed to perfection by Cristiano Ronaldo?

The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian's attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard's leg and into the net in the 54th minute.

But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadium with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.

But luck simply wasn't on Morocco's side, and Portugal goalkeeper was on his game, making incredible saves like this.

Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk isn't ruling out changes to face a World Cup opponent he rates as a better team unit than France.

If the Socceroos lose, they will exit Russian Federation after the group stage regardless of the outcome of their final game against Peru next Tuesday. I'm not so sure they can, I am not sure if they are so strong defensively, okay when you're brining on the likes of Higuain, you are strong, I'm just not sure defensively Argentina are strong enough, I don't think we'll see Messi lifting the trophy. "I'm sure the fans are proud of our team", said Queiroz.

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