Him again. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the ice four minutes into the game, with the sort of diving header perilously inches from Karim El Ahmadi's boot that screamed: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
Morocco defender Manuel da Costa failed to track the Real Madrid star as Joao Moutinho swung in a corner and Ronaldo stooped to power a header over goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi and into the middle of the goal.
Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo bagged a sublime treble to salvage a 3-3 draw against Spain in Sochi in Russian Federation 2018´s stand-out match so far, the 51st of his glittering career.
Ronaldo's goal against the North Africans means he has now scored 85 worldwide goals, more than any other European player in the history of football.
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The lone goal of the match came in the 65th minute, after Sweden was awarded a penalty via video-assisted referee. Sweden went close again just before the hour but Jo saved well from a towering header from Toivonen .
Portugal is in Group D of this year's tournament alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran.
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Morocco knew defeat would spell the end of their 2018 World Cup hopes and they were outstanding for most of the encounter, dominating possession against Fernando Santos defensive-minded outfit.
"I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us", striker Andre Silva told reporters at Portugal's training base.
Ronaldo's fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018, following his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, took the European champions to four points.
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Group B: Iran vs Spain, 2330 IST, Kazan Arena, Kazan.
The strike takes his personal tally in this World Cup to four, his all-time total to seven (he's in the top 30 now, for what it's worth) and his overall worldwide count to 85, one more than Ferenc Puskas.
Morocco failed to convert their chances and are pointless and can not progress to the second round.
All 23 players took part in Portugal's final training session ahead of their clash at the Luzhniki Stadium. "We are at a World Cup and we have to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team".
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