There was another landmark for Cristiano Ronaldo as his Portugal side took a big step towards the World Cup knockout phase in Russia.
The captain’s winning goal against Morocco after only four minutes was his 85th international goal and means he is the highest scoring European player of all-time, overtaking Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas. Only Iran’s Ali Daei – with 109 goals – has scored more.
The European champions were unconvincing, with the North Africans able to count themselves unfortunate to suffer a second successive 1-0 defeat, which means they became the first team to be officially eliminated from this year’s finals.
Although often erratic in their finishing, Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was forced to make one outstanding save to keep out Younes Belhanda’s header but it was not to be for a Morocco side who did not disgrace in their first World Cup for 20 years.
For CR7, the show moves on to Iran next-up as he aims to continue his bid for the Golden Boot…