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

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

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

Yet aside from the goal, it was not a vintage display by Ronaldo or Portugal, who were caused problems by a spirited Morocco team.

Morocco is in must-win mode if it wants to reach the knockout stage of the tournament.

Portugal face Iran in their final group game on June 25 in Saransk.

Hakim Ziyech also tested the Portugal goalkeeper from distance in the 22nd minute, and Morocco were the team on the front foot as they attempted to level the scores.

Backed by thousands of noisy fans, who packed one end of the ground, they created enough chances to earn at least a draw - and would have got something out of the game with better finishing.

"The goal is to improve match after match, we drew our first and won our second, now we'll try to top the group".

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Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes underwhelmed on his World Cup debut against Spain and may be replaced by Gelson Martins or Joao Mario. We have to play like we did in the European Championship two years ago.

The Real Madrid star followed up his hattrick against Spain on Friday with a fourth-minute header that was his 85th goal for his country in 152 games.

Barcelona forward Suarez has exited the last two World Cups in disgrace after being sent off for a goal-line handball against Ghana, and he infamously sank his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in 2014.

As for Morocco, head coach Herve Renard has made three changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Iran, with Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar and Khalid Boutaib taking the places of Romain Saiss, Amine Harit and Ayoub El Kaabi.

The Saudis' preparations were jolted by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suffered a fire in one of its engines.

In his previous three World Cup -2006, 2010 and 2014- campaigns, Ronaldo had scored three goals from 70 shots.

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