Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in their second Group B Match against African country Morocco, thereby sending them off the tournament.
The Real Madrid striker headed home a fourth-minute corner to give his side the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium, but the final score of 1-0 did not reflect the balance of play.
The result means Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from this year’s tournament.
Morocco dominated for the majority of the game, pushing their opponents back into their own half and a performance reminiscent of their dour, but ultimately victorious, Euro 2016 campaign.
In all, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portugal — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one
Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead.
Juventus’s Medhi 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.
If you plan on going deep in this tournament, you have to capitalize on your chances. Portugal did just that early on. Ronaldo scored in the fourth minute of the match to become the highest-scoring European player in international soccer history.