Twitter erupts as Cristiano Ronaldo inspire Portugal to their second victory

Oscar Cross
June 20, 2018

Morocco are the first team to be knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a solitary strike from Cristiano Ronaldo handed Portugal a vital three points at the Luzhniki Stadium.

By scoring a hat-trick in his opening game, Ronaldo equalled his World Cup tally from each of the previous three tournaments, having scored only once at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Morocco manager Herve Renard admits it could be hard for his side to contain Ronaldo as the North African nation look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Iran. Andre Silva is expected to take the place of Goncalo Guedes up front, while Joao Mario could be in line to start.

A hat-trick from the five-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw for the European champions against Spain in a heavyweight Group B showdown in Sochi.

"I'm not disappointed about the performance, I'm happy with it and very proud of my players", emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard told reporters.

Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russian Federation but can take a big step towards the last 16 with victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.

Portugal struggled to impose themselves and ended up defending for long spells, leaving coach Fernando Santos unimpressed. You can stream the match online on fuboTV (Try for free). He also missed - for him - an open goal that would have sealed the match early, saving Portugal the late game jitters of the Moroccan onslaught.

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As for Morocco, they are facing the grim prospect of being eliminated after just their second group game should result fail to go their way by the end of the day. "We are at a World Cup and we have to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team".

One more worldwide goal for the 33-year-old will see him become the highest goalscorer of all time for European nations, and considering the form he is in, this is more than just a possibility.

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