World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo makes history after scoring against Morocco

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.

"I'm not disappointed about the performance, I'm happy with it and very proud of my players", emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard told reporters.

With few minutes left to play, Morocco had a glorious chance of getting the equalizer as Ziyech found his way into the box but his goal bound shot was blocked magnificently by Pepe.

It is a game that carries equal weight for both sides, with Portugal looking to pip Spain and Iran to top spot and Morocco set to be dumped out of the tournament should they fail to get a result.

However, they failed to complete each of those opportunities and that is where Portugal got there job done early in the game.

Morocco are the first team to be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.

"It was a surprise about the start from Morocco, they were very strong, but I managed to score, to get the three points so it was attractive for me", he added.

Ronaldo was a clinical finisher and also one of Portugal's best defenders.

There were a couple spectacular saves from Patricio too, none more so than the one-handed parry off Younes Belhanda's header just before the hour mark.

Morocco is in must-win mode if it wants to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. As expected, CR7 starts (That was a given really). As for Morocco, Khalid Boutaïb leads the line instead of Ayoub El Kaabi. Even though the time cycle is different here and you'll be able to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sony TV.

Cristiano Ronaldo has said Portugal's 1-0 World Cup win against Morocco in which he scored the winning goal was "beautiful". You can stream the match online on fuboTV (Try for free).

Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring turn against Morocco was enjoyed by the star's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who was in attendance in Moscow to see his latest strike.

Morocco failed to convert their chances and are pointless and can not progress to the second round. The Atlas Lions know full well that they will now need to pull off two mammoth World Cup upsets against Portugal & Spain if they are to have any chance of making the round of 16.

If Ronaldo plays at the same level Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, a Portugal victory would ensure elimination for Morocco.

  • Gwendolyn Kim