Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

Cristiano Ronaldo and his former teammate Patrice Evra

Cristiano Ronaldo and his former teammate Patrice Evra

One the tournament's star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos' men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 worldwide goals - one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.

Morocco was eliminated, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's only goal in the first-half which saw the Real Madrid ace overtake Ferenc Puskas as the record European worldwide goalscorer.

"Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia", the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and can not progress to the second round.

"Especially with the goal, we think that Ronaldo fouls [Khalid] Boutaib who was closest to him, and this cost us".

The goal woke Morocco out of their slumber and they quickly came to dominate the first half.

It was his 85th global goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard has expressed his satisfaction with his team's performance despite their ouster from the Russian Federation 2028 World Cup. Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro.

The second-half was a carbon copy of the first.

Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco, before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.

Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran, who are still on course in Group B for a place in the quarter-finals.

The most important thing was to win the game and to get the three points.

Portugal defender Pepe has been the subject of scrutiny on Twitter following a theatrical dive during his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco.

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