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Portugal vs. Morocco final score, recap

20 June 2018

Portugal will meet Iran in their final group game on June 25, with Morocco set to bow out after their match against Spain in Kaliningrad.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and worldwide records for the Portuguese superstar.

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top global scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.

A Cristiano Ronaldo header was the difference between the two sides at halftime, Ronaldo met a corner with a fearless diving header to put Portugal ahead early in the half.

Having won nine of their last 10 qualifiers and having an all-round better side than Morocco, Portugal will be confident of their chances of edging closer to the knockout stages in this one.

Portugal have been poor and other than the first goal, have struggled to get Ronaldo into the game.

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"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.

Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos' team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will hone in on Morocco on Wednesday after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal´s World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran in Group B.

Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament.

Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball but Portugal generally defended well to limit the danger.

Meanwhile, Portugal were just trying to waste time.

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes underwhelmed on his World Cup debut against Spain and may be replaced by Gelson Martins or Joao Mario.

Morocco failed to convert their chances and are pointless and can not progress to the second round. It was heartbreaking for Morocco as they dominated the match completely.

Daei scored 109 goals for Iran in a 13-year global career between 1993 and 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second leading worldwide goalscorer of all time after finding the back of the net against Morocco.

The match took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Portugal vs. Morocco final score, recap