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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Morocco but Portugal teammates need to step up

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.
World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Morocco

MOSCOW -- It was roughly five minutes in and Cristiano Ronaldo was done celebrating. He had just scored his 85th international goal, leaving him 24 shy of Ali Daei's all-time record. (At age 33, and with the number of cream-puff opponents in UEFA qualifying, it's no longer an unassailable mark.) More importantly, he had broken the ice against Morocco in a match where everyone knew that three points de facto equalled a place in the Round of 16.

He stood, elbows out, tapping his index fingers against...

 By Reuters

Portugal 'lost control of the game' in win vs. Morocco - Fernando Santos

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win.

MOSCOW -- Portugal inexplicably lost control of the game in their 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday and were lucky not to get themselves in more trouble, coach Fernando Santos said.

The European champions took the lead in the fourth minute when Cristiano Ronaldo charged into the box to bury his header and become Europe's top international scorer with 85 goals.

But they instantly eased off and offered little else in terms of attacking football for the rest of the match.

Instead, it was...

 By Tom Kundert

Rui Patricio imperious in Portugal goal as Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need.
While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.
World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Morocco

For the second straight match, Portugal rode their luck as an early Cristiano Ronaldo goal proved decisive in a barely deserved win against Morocco.

Only a rock-solid display of goalkeeping by Rui Patricio kept the Africans at bay, and coach Fernando Santos knows his team have to improve vastly if they are to make an impact at this tournament.

Positives

Goalkeeper Patricio continues to prove he has the temperament and the talent for the big occasion, centre-backs Pepe and Jose Fonte looked more...