FIFA World Cup 2018 Portugal vs. Morocco
As expected, Portugal won the battle against Morocco by 1-0. In the fourth minute of Portugal’s game against Morocco, Cristiano Ronaldo lost his defender on a corner kick and headed the ball straight into the net for the game’s only score. Ronaldo faked a run towards the front of the defender, Manuel da Costa. Da Costa took the bait and cut in front of Ronaldo to block him. But Ronaldo darted behind him. Beaten, da Costa reached the back with his arms to slow Ronaldo. But Ronaldo got free, and then wide opened with a clear path to the incoming ball. Ronaldo redirected the ball off the side of his head past Mohamedi Munir. It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the World Cup and the only one in the game. This match unfortunately made Morocco, now last in Group B, the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in two World Cup matches as Portugal won 1-0 against a Morocco side that created plenty of chances but were eliminated from the tournament.Morocco made a bright start and threatened inside the opening couple of minutes when Noureddine Amrabat crossed and Hakim Ziyech set up Khalid Boutaib, whose header cleared the bar.But any optimism that may have been generated was shattered when, after four minutes, Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in two games when Joao Moutinho crossed and Ronaldo, all alone, thundereda header high into the net.
With nine minutes on the clock he was close to doubling his tally, spinning away from a defender before sending a low shot just wide of the far post.Three minutes later, however, Morocco went close when, from a corner, Manuel da Costa powered in a downward header but Rui Patricio saved.And when they came forward again soon after the quarter-hour mark, Cedric produced a good block to clear a Nabil Dirar cross.Ziyach tried a low strike from distance, stopped by Patricio, as Morocco continued to apply pressure.
With 25 minutes played, Ronaldo went down after a Medhi Benatia challenge but was soon back on his feet, and then Amrabat got away from Raphael Guerreiro and went down inside the area but no penalty was given.Five minutes later, Portugal won a free kick on the edge of the box, with Ronaldo — inevitably — the player to take it, but his effort hit the wall.Ten minutes from the break, Karim El Ahmadi shot over after neat approach play, with Portugal having offered little threat since Ronaldo’s early breakthrough.But out of the blue they almost had a 2-0 lead, Ronaldo the provider with a lofted pass for Goncalo Guedes, whose shot was well saved by Munir.