World Cup: Ronaldo header knocks out Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe’s all-time leading scorer in international football as he registered in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco at the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

Ronaldo’s fourth-minute goal moved him past the legendary Ferenc Puskas onto 85, and now only Iran’s Ali Daei has scored more international goals (109) than the Real Madrid forward.

The victory has moved Portugal onto four points in Group B, while Morocco have been eliminated from the competition with their second defeat in Russia.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos made one change to the team that started against Spain last time out, with Joao Mario taking the place of Bruno Fernandes on the left.

As for Morocco, head coach Herve Renardhas made three changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Iran, with Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar and Khalid Boutaib taking the places of Romain Saiss, Amine Harit and Ayoub El Kaabi.

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.

Portugal made the breakthrough in the fourth minute, however, when Ronaldo headed a Joao Moutinho cross into the back of the net from close range to score his fourth goal of the tournament thus far.

Ronaldo had another half-chance in the ninth minute following good work from Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro, but the Real Madrid forward dragged his attempt wide of the post.

Morocco had an opportunity of their own in the 12th minute when Medhi Benatia met a corner from the right, but Patricio was on hand to make a smart save.

Hakim Ziyech also tested the Portugal goalkeeper from distance in the 22nd minute, and Morocco were the team on the front foot as they attempted to level the scores.

Goncalo Guedes had the opportunity to double Portugal’s lead late in the first period when he broke into the opposing penalty box, but the attacker could not find a route past Morocco stopper Munir.

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