Portugal vs Morocco: Cristiano Ronaldo sends Morocco back home as Portugal notches their first win.
Portuguese is closing in on booking a spot into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after hanging on to beat Morocco, 1-0, on Wednesday to move to four points in Group B. After drawing Spain in the opener, the Portuguese national team received another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, this time to secure all three points.
Ronaldo, who had a hat trick in his opener against Spain, made it four in the fourth minute. Portugal took a tricky short corner, and Joao Moutinho quickly stepped up to send it into the box. Ronaldo was there for the header and the 1-0 lead.
And it was all his side needed to secure three vital points. Portugal tried to bunker down defensively late with big saves from Rui Patricio and managed to get the victory when it looked like Morocco equalize.
It wasn’t the greatest showing from the Portuguese, as Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. In all, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portuguese — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one. Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard’s side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds.
Now Portugal faces Iran with a chance to win the group on Monday, while Morocco is certainly headed home after the group stage.
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