Ronaldo header lifts Portugal over Morocco

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo on 28 June 2017 in Kazan and Morocco's Younes Belhanda on 9 June 2018 in Talinn

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's all-time leading global scorer with 85 goals when he headed in Portugal's opening strike in their World Cup Group B match against Morocco today.

"This is the World Cup, this isn't a circus".

A Cristiano Ronaldo 4 minute header separated the two sides.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament.

"From the first minute to the moment I woke up in the hospital, I wanted to play today, I felt good, even though I feel more exhausted than normal". He could not get the ball up and over a solid wall of defenders on either occasion. Bernardo Silva made a decision to take a short corner with the help of Joao Moutinho, who crossed a teasing ball to the six-yard box.

Morocco continued to carve out opportunities as Patricio clung on well to a curling Belhanda shot, and the Portugal keeper pulled off an even better save minutes later.

Ronaldo's 85th global goal made him Europe's all-time leading worldwide goalscorer as he broke Hungary legend Ferens Puskas's 62-year-old record.

Morocco coach Herve Renard has expressed his satisfaction with his team's performance despite their ouster from the Russian Federation 2028 World Cup.

The second-half was a carbon copy of the first.

The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Group B game between Morocco and Portugal.

Just as we witnessed in several games throughout Euro2016, Portugal were the worse side on the day but walked away with all three points.

Morocco's Nordin Amrabat has slammed the lack of use of VAR during his side's 1-0 defeat to Portugal.

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