Portugal got another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and eliminated a game Morocco from the World Cup, 1-0, in Moscow on Wednesday.
Ronaldo, who had a hat trick in his opener against Spain, made it four in the fourth minute. Portugal took a tricky short corner, and Joao Moutinho quickly stepped up to send it into the box. Ronaldo was there for the header and the 1-0 lead.
For much of the rest of the game it seemed if someone would score, especially Morocco. The team, which had been unlucky to lose to Iran in its opener, played aggressive, attacking soccer but could not get a finishing touch. In particular Medhi Benatia, the captain, was there for several headers off set pieces. But they always seemed to fly too high, too wide, or at the keeper.
It was an entertaining match on both sides, as Portugal was not content to sit back, but instead looked for a second goal, perhaps from Ronaldo again. He took several free kicks, some from dangerous positions, but Goal No. 5 did not come.
Andrew Das: Boy, that Ronaldo goal seems a long time ago, and Morocco surely will rue its chances. But Portugal must feel it is on its way through to the next round, and Morocco will have one game left — against Spain — to salvage something from this World Cup. Scoring a goal would help.
A lone Morroccan player is the last to leave the field. He is draped in a flag that he got from a fan in exchange for his jersey, and he’s weeping.
Watch some of the moments below: