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

20 June 2018

Boutaib had the first half-chance of the match in the second minute, but Morocco's number 13 could only flick his header wide of Rui Patricio's post.

Portugal vs Morocco: Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16.

Read on four our top three Portugal vs Morocco tips of the bets from this game.

It was Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide goalscorers.

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They may not need a similar performance from Ronaldo to beat Morocco, who sit at the bottom of the group standings after a 1-0 loss to Iran.

Him again. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the ice four minutes into the game, with the sort of diving header perilously inches from Karim El Ahmadi's boot that screamed: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Ronaldo's latest match-winning exploits took his side to the top of Group B before Spain's clash with Iran on Wednesday night, while Morocco are heading home without a point and without a goal to their name so far this tournament. Iran have three points and Spain one ahead of their meeting later today. Torres had achieved that feat in the 1966 World Cup.

Before the match Portugal coach Fernando Santos said his team must not exclusively rely on their captain but, once again, it was Ronaldo who proved to be the match victor, though his performance was not as spectacular as his display in the 3-3 against Spain.

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Cameras surrounding Luzhniki stadium in Moscow showed some Moroccan fans crying after the game.

He said: "Even if you want to draw up plans for Ronaldo, he always finds a way out or makes a difference or puts his team back on the right track".

Portugal have been poor and other than the first goal, have struggled to get Ronaldo into the game.

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