1-0: Morocco Lost to Portugal after Spectacular Performance

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A loss for Morocco on Wednesday will nearly certainly see their hopes of qualification to the next round squashed following their 1-0 loss to Iran in their first game of the tournament.

Morocco had devised specific plans to keep Ronaldo at bay but their worst fears came true in only the fourth minute when his header off Bernardo Silva's corner found the back of the net. We had five, six big chances, they created nothing.

Morocco did well to insert its presence in the match following the early goal, but various chances from Medhi Benatia and Hakim Ziyech weren't enough to break past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. It is the World Cup, it's not a circus here'.

The goal came on the heels of Ronaldo saving a point for Portugal against Iberian rivals Spain, as he delivered a ideal free-kick equaliser to complete his hat-trick in a 3-3 draw in their World Cup opener.

Ronaldo's fourth-minute goal moved him past the legendary Ferenc Puskas onto 85, and now only Iran's Ali Daei has scored more worldwide goals (109) than the Real Madrid forward.

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I am sure they are more skillful and better bowlers in one of most powerful nations in cricket". "Their top three are brutal". The total surpassed England's previous record 444 scored two years ago against Pakistan, also at Trent Bridge.

"I think we are ranked 41st now." said the Frenchman, who took over in February 2016. His hard tackles from behind, however, earned him a yellow card.

Goncalo Guedes had the opportunity to double Portugal's lead late in the first period when he broke into the opposing penalty box, but the attacker could not find a route past Morocco stopper Munir.

The result was harsh on Morocco, as was their loss against Iran in their opening game, but it reflected their difficulty producing the telling final ball, despite so much good work in the other two thirds of the pitch.

Portuguese defender, Pepe has been speaking ahead of the game and he is full of praise for his Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, however, will be a hard player to tame following his heroics against the Spaniards last week, when he gave an individual performance that is already being considered as one of the best in World Cup history. They have a lot of experience with players who play in the best leagues in Europe.

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