Record breaker Ronaldo scored his 4th goal of the tournament to save his team and confirming Morocco´s exit from the 2018 World Cup….
Cristiano Ronaldo´s goal within the opening four-minute proved fatal for Moroccans although they played their heart out in the second round group match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup played at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Real Madrid star striker gave The Navigators the brightest start of the match as he found the net with his header on João Moutinho´s right-wing curling free kick in the 4th minute of the match.
Moroccan responded well after conceding an early goal and Da Costa almost brought in the parity in the game in the 11th minute when Ziyech corner found Da Costa´s header that was parried away by Portuguese custodian, Patricio.
The Lions of Atlas were more dominant on the game with ball possession and attacks, however, lacked the finishing touch, when it needed most, to bring them in the game.
Morocco continued the momentum in the second session too and looks desperate for the goal. Belhanda almost found the equalizer in the 57th minute with his header, however, Patricio showed his brilliant reflexes and kept the ball away much to the relief of teammate.
Morocco threw everything on Portugal defense with the flurry of attack but European champions stood tough and managed to pull through with full three points.
Morocco are now in front of exit door with one game to go against Spain while Portugal will play against Iran in their last group match.
Full time: Portugal 1-0 Morocco
90+1: Yellow card Adrien Silva
90: Five minutes added time
89: Substitution for Portugal, Joao Moutinho OFF Adrien Silva IN
85: Substitution for Morocco, El Ahmadi OFF Faycal Fajr IN
75: Substitution for Morocco, Younes Belhanda OFF Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez IN
70: Substitution for Portugal, Joao Mario OFF Bruno Fernandes IN
69: Substitution for Morocco, Khalid Boutaib OFF Ayoub El Kaabi IN
59: Substitution for Portugal, Bernardo Silva OFF Gelson Martins IN
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: Portugal 1-0 Morocco
45: Three minutes added time
40: Yellow card Medhi Benatia
4: Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal
1: First half kick-off
Morocco Subs: Amine Harit, Ayoub El Kaabi, Youssef En-Nesyri, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, Faycal Fajr, Hamza Mendyl, Sofyan Amrabat, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Romain Saiss, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Bono.
Morocco Starting Line-up: Munir Mohamedi, Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia (c), Manuel da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, Karim El Ahmadi, Moubarak Boussoufa, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib.
Portugal Subs: Anthony Lopes, Ricardo Quaresma, Adrien Silva, Andre Silva, Gelson Martins, Mario Rui, Beto, Ricardo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Bruno Alves, Ruben Dias.
Portugal Starting Line-up: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo.