Morocco Player Claims Referee Asked Pepe For Cristiano Ronaldo's Shirt

21 June, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • GK Rui Patricio

Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16.

"Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia", the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

Ronaldo's 85th global goal made him Europe's all-time leading worldwide goalscorer as he broke Hungary legend Ferens Puskas's 62-year-old record.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's dramatic 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday to match Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas as Europe's record top scorer with 84 goals.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament. Bernardo Silva made a decision to take a short corner with the help of Joao Moutinho, who crossed a teasing ball to the six-yard box.

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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.

Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball.

Portugal will tackle Iran in their final group game on June 25 in Saransk. The Atlas Lions wasted numerous chances to level and saw two first-half penalty claims rejected by referee Mark Geiger, with VAR not used, much to the dismay of coach Herve Renard.

Morocco were the dominant side in the second half and Portugal were grateful to goalkeeper Rui Patricio for a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda's sharp header, while Medhi Benatia blazed over the bar when he should have scored after an hour.

Morocco were the better side over 90 minutes but could not turn their domination into goals.

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