Portugal vs. Morocco final score, recap

Cristiano Ronaldo and his former teammate Patrice Evra

The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russian Federation but can take a big step towards the last 16 with victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.

Portugal inexplicably lost control of the game in their 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday and were lucky not to get themselves in more trouble, coach Fernando Santos said.

The second game of the group will see Iran take on Spain also on Wednesday.

In injury time, Benatia lifted another shot too high with an even clearer chance.

And he claims there is no reason why the 33-year-old could not play at the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The Portugal head coach, after a question over the possibility for Ronaldo to beat the record of most goals scored in a World Cup, told his Tuesday evening news conference that his squad consisted than much more than just the Real Madrid star.

Ronaldo, 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian capital to overtake Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award.

Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat.

With time running out, Portugal defender Pepe staged a particularly egregious flop following a tap on the back from Morocco's Medhi Benatia.

The Portuguese will face Iran in their final match on Monday in Saransk. "He is a warrior who wanted to play", said Renard, echoing the refrain that has caused so much damage to sportsmen for decades.

Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball but Portugal generally defended well to limit the danger.

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