Cristiano Ronaldo heads home the lone strike for Portgual Credit: FIFA Media
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup (Group B)
  • Portugal 1-0 Morocco
[/media-credit] Cristiano Ronaldo heads home the lone strike for Portgual Credit: FIFA Media

Cristiano Ronaldo headed home the lone strike on the day as Portugal won their first game 1-0 against Morocco at the gigantic Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

This was the fourth goal of the tournament for the sharp shooter after his splendid hat-trick against Spain in the group opener on Saturday.

The Portugal talisman has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals in 152 games for Portugal).

[/media-credit] Action between African representatives Morocco and Portugal Credit: FIFA Media

Morocco was so wasteful on the day. Captain Mehdi Benatia had a header narrowly miss target, Younes Belhanda and substitute Mehdi Carcela all got close.

[/media-credit] Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal. He had a few blocked shots from free-kicks. Credit: FIFA Media

Portugal gets to four points and lead group B ahead of Iran who face off Spain in the last game of the day on Wednesday.

The final group B matches will be played concurrently next Monday. Portugal will face Iran in Mordovia and Morocco shall take on Spain in Kaliningrad.

Team Line Ups:

Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo (Captain)

Head Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal)

Morocco XI: Monir El Kajoui, Nabil Dirar, Mehdi Benatia (Captain), Manuel Da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyach, Khalid Boutaib

Head Coach: Herve Renard (France)

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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