Ronaldo header sends Morocco out of the World Cup


Portugal’s Ronaldo did what Ronaldo does. He got into dangerous areas, he scored and he was decisive. It did not matter that this was not a vintage Portugal performance. They got the job done and they have put one foot in the second round. Ronaldo’s goal came early and, after his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, he is making the running for the Golden Boot.

As Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. In all, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portugal — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one.

Now Portugal will face Iran with a chance to win the group on Monday, while Morocco is certainly headed home after the group stage.

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