In-Form Ronaldo Sees Portugal Past Morocco
2018 FIFA World Cup match report: In-Form Cristiano Ronaldo Sees Portugal Past Morocco
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo continued his great form in front of goal when he scored in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B clash on Wednesday afternoon.
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FIFA World Cup, Group B
Full Time: Portugal vs Morocco
Date: 20 June 2018
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
Portugal made a fantastic start to the clash at the Luzhniki Stadium, with Ronaldo scoring after just four minutes. The 33-year-old showed his typical predatory instinct in the box when he latched on to a cross, before heading the ball into the back of the net.
The Real Madrid man was at it again five minutes later when he picked up the ball just outside of the Moroccan box, but this time his effort crept just past the post.
The African side responded well and saw a lot of possession after going a goal down, with Nordin Amrabat giving Portugal fullback Raphael Guerriero some trouble down the left side.
Despite working the ball cleverly into the Portugal box on a number of occasions, Morocco were unable to test goalkeeper Rui Patricio, a mainstay in goal for A Selecao.
Morocco ended the half well, but could have gone another goal down when Goncalo Guedes got on the end of a chipped pass from Ronaldo. The youngster forced the save from Munir Mohamedi, but he perhaps should have done better.
The teams went into the break with the score at 1-0.
Herve Renard’s team made a great start to the second half, with Patricio being called into action more than he would have liked. The goalkeeper held on Younes Belhanda’s effort from the edge of the box in the 55th minute, while just two minutes he denied the midfielder once more.
Morocco looked in total control in their quest for an equaliser, knowing that another loss would potentially mean that they get knocked out of the tournament. The African team looked confident going forward, but the experienced Portugal defence were proving difficult to break down.
Captain Medhi Benatia had a great chance to draw the game level in the 60th minute, but his left-footed snap shot sailed just over the bar. The Moroccans were causing Portugal some issues on set-pieces, but without any luck.
Portugal continued to play on the backfoot, with Morocco dominating most of the possession and creating great chances in the final stages of the match to no avail. Fernando Santos’ men are now on four points in Group B, while their opponents’ chances of qualifying for the next round are over.