Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Portugal vs. Morocco final score, recap

Portugal vs. Morocco final score, recap

Portugal picked up their first win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they beat Morocco 1-0 in Group B thanks to an early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 33-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament in his side's opening 3-3 draw with Spain, drawing level with Ferenc Puskas as Europe's most prolific global goalscorer on 84 in the process.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more worldwide goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal).

Ronaldo lit up the World Cup with a stunning hat-trick in Portugal's thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening game in Russian Federation in the game of the tournament.

Ronaldo heads home his fourth goal of the tournament. Image PA Images
Ronaldo heads home his fourth goal of the tournament. Image PA Images

Portugal faces off with Morocco in their second match of Group B play at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation on Wednesday.

But it is another former Bayern Munich forward, Iran's Ali Daei, whom Ronaldo will need to overhaul as the all-time top scorer in the history of worldwide football.

Ronaldo is also the leading goal-scorer in the current World Cup with four goals and is a hot contender for the Golden Boot.

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

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes underwhelmed on his World Cup debut against Spain and may be replaced by Gelson Martins or Joao Mario.

The Atlas Lions, who lost 0-1 to Iran in their first game, lie bottom of the group without a point.

"He's the best in the world and I hope in Qatar he will score again in another World Cup".

Ronaldo blazed over from 15 yards after a quick free-kick caught Morocco out, Guedes's miscued attempt rolling invitingly to the five-time world player of the year.

The Real Madrid star blitzed a hat-trick as Portuga and Spain played out a 3-3 draw on Friday. They were only defending.

Earlier, Senegal secured a first win for an African nation at this tournament, benefiting from a awful error from Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to beat Poland 2-1 in Moscow.

Benatia then struck over the Portugal crossbar in the 61st minute as Morocco passed up another excellent chance.

Tuesday´s other Group H clash saw Japan come out surprise winners against 10-man Colombia after midfielder Carlos Sanchez received the tournament´s first red card for a handball minutes into the game.

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