Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

Portugal took a corner short but quickly whipped it in, surprising their opposition who failed to pick up the Real Madrid forward, leaving him open to easily head the ball into the back of the net for his fourth goal in two World Cup games.

The story, however, was mostly the same has it hand been in the first half, with the African side controlling the game, getting into some good positions and then failing to breakdown Portugal's defense in the final third. Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda's sharp header but Medhi Benatia's blazed effort over the bar was more typical of their finishing from half-a-dozen reasonable chances and they paid the ultimate price for their lack of a proven goalscorer.

Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball but Portugal generally defended well to limit the danger.

Khalid Boutaib was flattened by Jose Fonte in an aerial challenge that again had the Moroccans up in arms, with Renard warned for gesturing for the video assistant referee.

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Morocco were the better side over 90 minutes but could not turn their domination into goals. He could not get the ball up and over a solid wall of defenders on either occasion.

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The lively Ziyach nipped past Fonte in the closing minutes but found Pepe standing in his way, with Benatia hammering over one final chance to seal Morocco's fate.

Portugal will play their last group game against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

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