Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer with strike against Morocco

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer with strike against Morocco

A fourth minute goal by Cristiano Ronaldo secured the vital win for the European champions.

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Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's all-time leading global scorer with 85 goals when he headed in Portugal's opening strike in their World Cup Group B match against Morocco today.

The Atlas Lions, who lost 0-1 to Iran in their first game, lie bottom of the group without a point.

"Especially with the goal, we think that Ronaldo fouls [Khalid] Boutaib who was closest to him, and this cost us".

A further opening fell to Benatia, the Juventus defender neatly shifting the ball onto his left boot only to lash over the bar as Morocco's frustrations mounted. 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.

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

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It was his 85th worldwide goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

Amrabat and his Morocco team-mates were beaten for a second time in Russian Federation, having lost their World Cup opener against Iran to an injury-time own-goal.

Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro and the entire squad erupted in outrage.

Portugal defender Pepe has been the subject of scrutiny on Twitter following a theatrical dive during his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco.

Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner.

Portugal will meet Iran in their final group game on June 25, with Morocco set to bow out after their match against Spain in Kaliningrad.

Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco, before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.

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