Ronaldo goal ends Morocco's World Cup

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2018

Ronaldo's 4 minute goal was enough, and all Portugal had to do was hold firm in defence.

It was his 85th worldwide goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskás European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe's all-time leading scorer with 85 worldwide goals.

But it is another former Bayern Munich forward, Iran's Ali Daei, whom Ronaldo will need to overhaul as the all-time top scorer in the history of global football.

It was Ronaldo's 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st in the tournament's history, as the Real Madrid star became just the fourth player to score in four World Cups.

The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has urged his team to reach "Euro 2016 levels" as they prepare to take on Morocco in their second game of the World Cup.

Boutaib had the first half-chance of the match in the second minute, but Morocco's number 13 could only flick his header wide of Rui Patricio's post.

Ronaldo stooped to score with a powerful header after he evaded his marker, Manuel Da Costa, when the ball was crossed from the right flank after a corner.

The African side lost 1-0 thanks to a fourth-minute header from Cristiano Ronaldo, having lost their opening match of the tournament thanks to an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz which gifted Iran a dramatic 1-0 win last week.

The former Sporting CP and Manchester United ace moved ahead of Hungary icon Ferenc Puskas (84 goals) after quickly heading past Morocco in Moscow.

Portugal´s forwards Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Ricardo Quaresma attend a training session at the team´s base in Kratovo, outside Moscow, on June 19, 2018, on the eve of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B match between Portugal and Morocco.

Portugal was pinned back for long periods as Morocco attacked in waves without causing any major scares, and they might have extended their lead when Ronaldo played Goncalo Guedes into the box but Munir stood tall and made a one-handed save.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's game-winning goal against Morocco.

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