Ronaldo breaks 62-year-old record as Morocco heads home

Ruben Ruiz
June 21, 2018

One the tournament's star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos' men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 worldwide goals - one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament.

"I don't know what he normally does, but what are we talking about here?"

"We misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence.it was inexplicable".

Though Spain had besieged the Iranian goal in the first half, they were on the back foot for parts of the second, with Karim Ansarifard rifling into the side netting, and Saeid Ezatolahi having a goal ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

It was his 85th global goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109. Bernardo Silva chose to take a short corner with the help of Joao Moutinho, who crossed a teasing ball to the six-yard box.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard has expressed his satisfaction with his team's performance despite their ouster from the Russian Federation 2028 World Cup.

A crude lunge from Benatia on Ronaldo left the Portugal skipper writhing around in pain, while Morocco felt aggrieved when Nordin Amrabat was hauled down by Guerreiro as he muscled his way into the area.

The midfielder had begun the game with head protection after being seemingly knocked unconscious against Iran five days ago in a sight that will have left medical professionals fuming about football's feeble concussion protocols. "He is a warrior who wanted to play", said Renard, echoing the refrain that has caused so much damage to sportsmen for decades.

Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner.

The most important thing was to win the game and to get the three points.

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.

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