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Russia 2018: Portugal suffer against Morocco, but get three points

Portugal - Marruecos
  • EFE

Portugal could not show all their potential against a Moroccan team that stood up, but they managed to add three points, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's opportunism and goal-scoring ability, which, as soon as the game started, was the only goal of the match.

The Portuguese team found a rival who gave away very little opportunities in defense, one of them in the minute 4, when a center player from the right found Ronaldo alone in the center of the small area to score a goal with his head and without attenuating goalkeeper Munir.

The goal, far from lowering the encoragement of the Moroccans, made them look for the opposite goal, aware that a new defeat (they lost in the opening match against Iran) would leave them practically out of the World Cup.

Morocco managed to cut the circuits of Portugal, dispute the ball, generate danger to the arc of Rui Patricio, to the point of having more shots of goal than the combined headed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who could not find the formula to ensure the match.

The second half was a constant suffering for the Portuguese defense , who saw a Morocco that knew how to give a good game to the ball, overflowing by the bands and throw centers to the area that forced the team to stay concentrated.

The Moroccan domain was such that controlled the ball 58% of the time, and generated more chances of danger, especially in the last minutes, in which Portugal seemed to watch the clock to end his agony.

Despite not having a very good game, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in the World Cup, consolidating his leadership in the table of scorers of Russia 2018.

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