Ronaldo looms for Morocco as Russia basks in glory

Ronaldo looms for Morocco as Russia basks in glory

Portugal is closing in on booking a spot into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation after hanging on to beat Morocco Wednesday to move to four points in Group B. The Portuguese national team received another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, this time to secure all three points.

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. Portugal, Uruguay and Spain edged past their challengers by one goal to nil victory.

The last time they lost a World Cup game against a non-European country was in the 1-0 loss against South Korea in 2002.

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

Moscow-Morocco are out of contention for the World Cup in Russian Federation after Portugal beat the north African side 1-0 in their Group B match on Wednesday.

The latest in a daily look at what the players are up to in Russian Federation as Portugal's superstar steps up to the mark once more.

It also had two brutal Group B battles, one which was won by the best player on the planet, and the other that had the 2010 champions still alive to advance. The opponent was very strong, Morocco played very well, but we got the three points. To get the three points.

Ziyech whistled another set-piece just over the crossbar from 25 yards as the minutes ticked away and both Nordin Amrabat and Benatia fired over with better chances, but there was to be no last hurrah for Morocco as their hopes of making the knockout stage slipped out of reach. Let us know in the comments section below.

Portugal will take on take on Iran and Morocco will face Spain on June 25 in Group B's fixtures.

"We go for it, with great belief and great determination to try to win the game", the master tactician told reporters. "When we arrived, no one gave us a chance, but we still fight for our dreams".

"I think they're both operating on a different planet to every footballer that's ever lived, probably besides your Peles and your Maradonas". "We can improve, and I hope we will keep winning while we do so, but nobody is giving anything away easily".

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