Portugal win 1-0, Morocco ousted

Portugal win 1-0, Morocco ousted

Portugal win 1-0, Morocco ousted

He scored a hat trick against Spain including an incredible bending free kick with minutes left in the match to secure a 3-3 draw.

Portugal will edge closer to the knockouts should they beat Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow. "Not only in terms of the last match but his career as a whole".

After securing an unexpected draw against the group favorites, Portugal will be hoping to top the group.

Portugal hold an incredible unbeaten record of seven games against non-European nations at the World Cup since June 2002 (W5, D3).

Morocco wasn't almost as fortunate in its opener, conceding a 95th-minute own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz to suffer a 1-0 loss to Iran. "Any game at the World Cup is hard".

Former global defender Fernando Hierro is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament Spain - expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages - have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected.

Coach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can "make the impossible possible". Renard said he was still smarting from the disappointment but said that the players alone were not to blame. Herve Renard knows his side now can not afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group.

"We lost a battle but we haven´t lost the war".

Disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter defied a ban to attend World Cup matches and arrived in Russia on Tuesday at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

Portugal lead 1-0 through a flying header from Cristiano Ronaldo, which made him global football's record European goalscorer with 85 goals, surpassing Ferenc Puskas' record.

Morocco, who will become the first team who are unable to progress to the next stage if they lose, found space to attack but had trouble getting into the Portuguese box.

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