News ID: 217002
Published: 0149 GMT June 20, 2018

Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard's men out

Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard's men out
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s winner during the 1-0 victory over Morocco at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in Russia on June 20, 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard's men out of the World Cup.

One the tournament's star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos' men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 international goals – one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings, reported.

Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods.

Renard was involved in discussions with officials over two rejected first-half penalty claims but his side created enough chances to score from open play had it been more accurate in front of goal.

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

Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from its final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russia, while Portugal took a huge step toward the last 16.



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