Portugal 1-0 Morocco

Portugal

"We were in the sauna [before Friday's match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee - I said if I score tomorrow I would leave it for the rest of the tournament".

The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Morocco's Nordin Amrabat claims that referee Mark Geiger asked for Portugal defender Pepe's shirt following the Group B fixture on Wednesday.

The North Africans had several chances against Portugal, almost all from set pieces, and three of them came in a five-minute spell early in the second half.

In injury time, Benatia lifted another shot too high with an even clearer chance.

Spain squeezed past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

Ronaldo, who is 33, also scored all three goals for Portugal in their opening 3-3 draw against Spain and is the early front-runner for the Golden Boot award for most goals at the World Cup.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal from a free kick. "If in a match against players like they have, if you don't have the ball, they wear you down and you get into trouble".

Benatia, a rugged defender who plays for Juventus, led the efforts to stop Ronaldo.

Portugal looks well set to advance to the round of 16.

However, Portugal held out and go on to complete their first-round against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.

Luis Suarez marked his 100th global cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win.

A few Moroccan players caught they eye, but no one more so than Younes Belhanda, who looked unsafe against the Portuguese defenders.

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