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

World Cup 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Seek Victory Against Morocco

- Morocco had 68 per cent possession in their 1-0 defeat to Iran, the most by a losing team in a World Cup match since June 2010, when Spain had 73 per cent possession against Switzerland but lost 1-0.

Ronaldo equalled Puskas' record of 84 - scored in just 89 matches - with a thrilling hat-trick in Friday's absorbing 3-3 draw with pool rivals Spain.

Before the match Portugal coach Fernando Santos said his team must not exclusively rely on their captain but, once again, it was Ronaldo who proved to be the match victor, though his performance was not as spectacular as his display in the 3-3 against Spain. We have to play like we did in the European Championship two years ago.

"I hope Cristiano Ronaldo will play a great match, we're used to that nearly", Santos said.

"I hope he and our team are ready", he added.

"They're very well organised, they know the game technically and tactically. To show respect and humility against the opponent to be able to build by making use of our capabilities", Santos told reporters at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

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They beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage of the 1986 World Cup; it was Morocco's first ever win at the tournament and Portugal's only World Cup loss against African opposition. "We always try to work together and in combination".

The Besiktas defender praised Ronaldo for his contribution against Spain.

Morocco coach Herve Renard makes three changes, with forward Khalid Boutaib replacing Ayoub El Kaabi, Manuel Da Costa coming in for Romain Saiss in central defense, and defender Nabil Dirar replacing winger Amine Harit. "The first game was a good sign for us". They were floored in injury time in their opening match against Iran, conceding a 95th-minute own goal and losing 1-0. "We´re not dead", said midfielder Faycal Fajr, one of 17 foreign-born players in Morocco´s squad. "A coach who loses is never right", he said.

"It's nothing new, about Cristiano Ronaldo. We lost a battle, but not the war". "We will give our life on the pitch".

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