Ronaldo's Goal Helps Portugal Knock Morocco Out Of World Cup 2018

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that saw him set an incredible record in the sport.

The 2016 European champions took the lead in the fourth minute against Morocco from a Ronaldo header, as the Portuguese forward became the all-time leading European scorer with his 85th goal.

Ronaldo´s goal was his fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran´s Ali Daei (109) on the list of top global scorers.

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Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos' team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.

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Daei was prolific throughout his worldwide career, scoring 109 times in 149 games for Iran.

There's an old joke that Portugal (and Greece) can't play great soccer because every time they get a corner, they open a shop. Ronaldo's fourth minute header against Morocco put him ahead of Hungary worldwide Ferenc Puskas for the accolade. Now, if Iran loses, then Spain and Portugal make it out without an issue.

Iran can still advance to the knockout stages after defeating Morocco last week.

The 2010 World Cup winners need to beat Morocco in their final group game and hope Portugal fail to overcome Iran by as many goals in order to secure top spot.

Apart from the 4-0 loss to Germany in Brazil 2014, Portugal have not lost in their last 11 World Cup group games.

Cristiano Ronaldo has impressed so far with his goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He went on to coach Zambia, but tragically died aged 45 after the team's plane crashed on the way to a World Cup qualifier in 1993.

  • Jacqueline Ellis