World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo makes history after scoring against Morocco

Thursday, 21 Jun, 2018

Fernando Santos' side go into the clash as the heavy favourites after their performance against La Furia Roja, although the Portugal coach will want to guard against complacency. His presence is naturally very important for the team but this is not all about individuals.

Somehow, someway, the Moroccan defence decided not to prioritise marking Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Real Madrid superstar smashed home a header past the helpless Monir El Kajoui. "We're not dead", said midfielder Faycal Fajr, one of 17 foreign-born players in Morocco's squad. Both the teams are putting their best foot forward, and making an attempt to score!

The 49-year-old Frenchman, who had a spell in charge of Cambridge United in 2004, also had to field questions about how they are going to defend against Ronaldo.

"We can not underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent".

That moved him ahead of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas and alone in second place worldwide behind Ali Daei's 109 goals for Iran.

"In Portugal, it is a common gesture to touch your chin". Of course, that doesn't mean to say Gala would accept an offer around that figure.

Moutinho came off and Adrien Silva was introduced for Portugal, who had to survive more scares when Ziyach's strike was brilliantly blocked by Pepe and Benatia fired over in stoppage time. "We were all screaming and Ronaldo was so upset. He makes us dream, he gives us confidence", explained Pepe.

"We're nearly there (knockout stages) and then we'll see".

He also admits it will be extremely hard to prevent Ronaldo from getting his name on the scoresheet.

What is impressive to Soares about Ronaldo is his efficiency, as the 33-year-old has been able to make the most of his chances thus far in Russian Federation to deliver a huge impact on the tournament.

Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Ronaldo's Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russian Federation.

"We are proud to be able to count on him". "You have to believe in yourself, even if the other team is better than you".

Morocco lost their first game against Iran Friday after an own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz in the extra time of the second half.

Nevertheless, FIFA might investigate Amrabat's accusation and determine whether to punish Geiger or the Morocco player for defaming a referee.

"We qualified for the World Cup after 20 years and showed we can play football".

"The doctor, the player and myself will decide if he is able to play or if he has to rest".