After a masterclass performance in the group opener against Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be leading out his Portuguese teammates against the Atlas Lions of Morocco in what is a crucial game for both teams.
Ronaldo singlehandedly got Portugal a point in the feisty clash against Spain last time out and the expectation will, as usual, be high from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
With Morocco losing their opening game painfully to Iran, they would have to get something from this game to stay in the hunt for glory in Russia.
Egypt is already on the brink of exit from the World Cup after losing their second game of the tournament against Russia on Tuesday and Morocco may follow suit if they also lose this afternoon.
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Kickoff is 1.pm
PORTUGAL: Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Mario, Moutinho, Carvalho, B.Silva; Guedes, Ronaldo
MOROCCO: Munir; Diarar, Benatia, Da Costa, Hakimi; El Ahmadi, Boussoufa; N.Amrabat, Belhanda, Ziyech; Boutaib
The team are out on the pitch as we start with the Portugal national anthem and Morocco’s follow after
Kickoff… Morocco get the game underway
Morocco start bright and have their first attempt but it is off target
Portugal win this first corner kick after a deflected shot
Goal number four for Ronaldo
Ronaldo becomes the all-time European goalscorer in international football as he heads a Moutinho corner into the back of the net from close range. He is off once again
Another chance for Ronaldo but goes off the post
CHANCE for Mbark Boussoufa from Morocco but his header goes wide
Another chance for the Moroccans.. but Portugal keeper makes a good save
Ball possession so far is in favour of the Lions : Portugal: 45%, Morocco: 55%.
Amarbat concedes a free kick and Portugal take a quick one
CHANCE… Morocco find their way through the Portuga box but the ball is intercepted
FOUL… Ronaldo hacked down by the Morocco players
Morocco make a shout for a penalty waved off the referee.. he however gives Portugal a similar free kick
Ronaldo to take the kick… straight into the ball this time, he could not bend it in