5 things we learnt from Portugal’s win over Morocco


Ronaldo scored the only goal to put Portugal within touching distance of the last 16 at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon, nodding home within four minutes during the 1-0 win over Morocco. They scraped through the group stage with three draws, then beat Croatia in extra-time, Poland on penalties, Wales with two second-half goals and France with another extra-time victor.

The scores leave both sides from the Iberian peninsular on four points with a goal difference of plus one but rather than Portugal being ahead on alphabetical order it's now Spain leading the way.

It was Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide goalscorers.

After his hat trick in the opening match, Ronaldo scored again against Morocco to carry his country to a 1-0 win and a spot atop Group B.

"Obviously not completely happy with the performance and the way we played", he conceded.

Morocco possessed and surprisingly dominated the proceedings for prolonged periods of the game but their lack of experience means they do not make it out of their group.

"We were ready to suffer and ready to compete and ready to try our chances to win the game".

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Iran can still advance to the knockout stages after defeating Morocco last week. So, we knew that Morocco would be trying very hard.

Ronaldo leads Portugal into their next match on Monday against Iran, the runner up to Portugal in Group B.

Queiroz was nonetheless proud of his players, and said they would head into the Portugal decider with confidence.

"We held our own against the European champions", Benatia said. But ultimately it is important for us to enjoy such a special opportunity against one of the favourites to win the World Cup and against the best player in the world.

The two sides already know that should they both qualify they'll be facing one of Russian Federation and Uruguay with the two qualifiers from Group A already decided.