Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cristiano Ronaldo explains ‘goatee’ celebrations against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo explains ‘goatee’ celebrations against Spain

"We really have to play well against Iran and then we'll see what happens".

It was far from a convincing Portuguese display and Santos admitted nerves played a factor, insisting they can not overlook Iran in their final group game on June 25.

Dias said there were some nerves ahead of their final group match, with the team having failed to hit top gear as yet in Russian Federation.

The 33-year-old said it started as a joke between team-mate Ricardo Quaresma and himself, but he's chose to keep it as his Soccer World Cup good luck charm, reports The Sun.

"But it's all relative".

Ronaldo has now already scored more goals in Russian Federation than his three previous World Cup campaigns.

But the Croatians go into the game in ebullient mood after a comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria, and will look to add to the frustrations of Messi who has failed to replicate the glories of his Barcelona career on the worldwide stage.

Nigeria 0-0 Iceland in first half
Iceland and Nigeria have met only once before, in 1981, when the European side ran away comfortable winners with a 3-0 victory. Nigeria on the other hand is a team with good talent but lack the kind of morale Iceland have at the moment.

In Game two, Nigeria plays Iceland in Group D in a very important match for the African team, as they were beaten 2-0 by Croatia.

"We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general", said vice-captain and central defender Raphael Varane. Ronaldo is the only scorer for the team and that's not a great sign either. He missed that penalty against an Iceland that seemed to have everyone plus the kitchen sink behind the ball and wasn't much of a factor. We'll take things match after match.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi shake hands during a friendly in 2014. They challenged us. For Morocco it's maybe an unfair result.

"Criticism is normal in football but we have to see what Carlos Queiroz has wanted him in these matches", Mahdavikia said. 'We knew how to suffer,' he said. I think Messi should wake up a bit more, because when things don't go well for him, he's always down on the pitch, he shows no reaction. But after two games, the GOAT seemed headed for slaughter, not greatness.

Ronaldo is now the leading goal-scorer in this World Cup with 4 goals under his name. Portugal faced Morocco to start the day, followed by Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia and Spain against Iran.

Added to that is the fact that normally people are arguing that Argentina are a better side than Portugal so saying Messi can't do it without good players around him seems to contradict that somewhat.

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