Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cristiano Ronaldo creates history with 4th goal at World Cup 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo creates history with 4th goal at World Cup 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's all-time leading scorer in global football as he registered in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco at the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward scored in the fourth minute against Morocco to give Portugal the early lead.

Morocco, despite an energetic, attack-minded performance, have become the first of the unfortunate teams to be kicked out of the World Cup.

Morocco coach Herve Renard opted for a back four, with Manuel Da Costa and Nabil Dirar coming into the side, to provide added protection against the "absolutely exceptional" Ronaldo after his hat-trick against Spain.

Amrabat was treated in a hospital and regarded as a doubtful starter for a game Morocco likely needs to win to have hopes of advancing.

Noureddine Amrabat retains his place in the Morocco team to play Portugal, days after sustaining a head injury in a 1-0 loss against Iran. In their World Cup opener against Spain, the Real Madrid star had slammed a hat-trick.

Spain head to Kazan to face Iran still counting the cost of a chaotic run-up to the tournament during which Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked just two days before they opened their campaign.

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Niang won a challenge with Łukasz Piszczek , burst down the left, and found Mané who in turn slipped the ball to Gueye. M'Baye Niang's strike secured victory on the hour, after a 37th-minute own goal handed Senegal the half-time lead.

Morocco will rue giving Ronaldo too much freedom in the six-yard box.

Ronaldo has struck 23 times in his past 18 matches for his country, with 15 of those goals coming in World Cup qualification.

Morocco can no longer qualify for the Round of 16 with Portugal now uncatchable and one of Iran and Spain, the other teams in Group B, mathematically also out of each no matter the result of their clash at 20:00 on Wednesday night.

"We can not underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent".

Russian Federation is the lowest FIFA ranked side at the event, but two games in they are top of their group with six points and are poised to qualify for the next stage. "The first game was a good sign for us".

Portugal's misses mattered little, however, as the European champions secured their first win of Russian Federation 2018.

"We lost a battle but we haven´t lost the war".

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