Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer in internationals

20 June, 2018, 19:25 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring for Portugal during their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match against Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20 in Moscow, Russia.

Among players from all continents, Ronaldo now trails only Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran from 1993 to 2006.

His first game in charge saw Spain's World Cup opener end in a brilliant 3-3 draw with Portugal, though the scoreline perhaps did not tell the full story, as the European champion was helped by a rare David de Gea error and an exquisite late Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.

Herve Renard's side were sunk by a late Iran goal in their opening game and know they need a win to salvage their hopes of getting out of the group.

"We have to look at this and we have to talk about it", Portugal coach Santos said. Cristiano Ronaldo rightly gained all the plaudits in the game for his hat-trick including a stunning last-gasp freekick equaliser.

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

The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.


The North African team, who lost to Iran in their opening match courtesy of a 95th-minute own goal, was even more threatening after the break.

Benatia had been booked before half-time but took a massive risk with his decision to touch Pepe on the shoulder in injury time of Portugal's 1-0 victory over Morocco in their World Cup group clash.

The Real Madrid superstar has never been one for facial hair, and it seems unusual that he would opt to make this change midway through a World Cup tournament.

The captain also put through Goncalo Guedes before the break only for the forward to shoot directly at Monir El Kajoui.

The victory has moved Portugal onto four points in Group B, while Morocco have been eliminated from the competition with their second defeat in Russian Federation.

All 23 players took part in Portugal's final training session ahead of their clash at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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