Ronaldo Sets European Goals Record As Morocco Crash Out Of Russia 2018

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After a goalless first half, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathi scored an own goal before Denis Cheryshev struck and Artem Dzyuba added a third.

The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe's all-time leading scorer with 85 worldwide goals.

The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Iran have three points and Spain one ahead of their meeting later on Wednesday.

Moroccan football supporters react as they watch on a big screen the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Portugal on June 20, 2018 in the capital Rabat.

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Ronaldo, however, will be a hard player to tame following his heroics against the Spaniards last week, when he gave an individual performance that is already being considered as one of the best in World Cup history.

Buoyed by his hat-trick against Spain on Friday (Saturday NZT), including a spectacular free kick late in the game, Ronaldo scored against Morocco with his first meaningful touch early in the match.

In scoring, Ronaldo bagged his 85th goal for Portugal and moved past Ferenc Puskas (84) to become the highest European goal-scorer in the history of worldwide football. He could not get the ball up and over a solid wall of defenders on either occasion. Benatia, playing for Juventus, pushed a Real Madrid player to draw a penalty. His hard tackles from behind, however, earned him a yellow card.

The two teams met at the 1986 World Cup with Morocco recording a surprise 3-1 victory, which eliminated Portugal from the tournament.

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With Spain and Portugal tying, Iran leads Group B after beating Morocco 1-0 in their opener. Ronaldo will look to close the gap further when Portugal face Iran on Monday.

The lively Ziyach nipped past Fonte in the closing minutes but found Pepe standing in his way, with Benatia hammering over one final chance to seal Morocco's fate.

The 49-year-old Frenchman, who had a spell in charge of Cambridge United in 2004, also had to field questions about how they are going to defend against Ronaldo.

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