Resolute Morroco fall short in battle as Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Portugal

World Cup 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Seek Victory Against Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo will look to continue his FIFA World Cup 2018 opening game heroics

Ronaldo, after his fearless header, also became the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup.

He scored a stunning hat-trick to earn a draw for his side against Spain in their opening match and will relish the opportunity to make further headway in the race for the Golden Boot.

But after moving level with Puskas with his hat-trick in Portugal's Group B opener against Spain, Ronaldo broke the record in the fourth minute against Morocco in Moscow.

Amrabat was treated in a hospital and regarded as a doubtful starter for a game Morocco likely needs to win to have hopes of advancing.

Hosts Russia stand on the verge of the knockout stages after Tuesday´s 3-1 win over Egypt in Saint Petersburg. Arriving in Russian Federation with a point to prove having scored just three times overall in three previous tournaments, he doubled that tally in one game against Spain. "The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents", he said.

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Uruguay´s forward Luis Suarez kicks the ball during a training session at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 19, 2018, on the eve of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A match between Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. The Atlas Lions know full well that they will now need to pull off two mammoth World Cup upsets against Portugal & Spain if they are to have any chance of making the round of 16.

Noureddine Amrabat retains his place in the Morocco team to play Portugal, days after sustaining a head injury in a 1-0 loss against Iran. We have to play like we did in the European Championship two years ago.

Portugal showed glimpses of real quality on the break against Spain in their opening group game and will be quietly confident that they have the class to break down Morocco. "The first game was a good sign for us".

Also, this year 32 teams are taking part in the tournament and they are divided into 8 Groups for 4 teams each.

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