Portugal v Morocco, Group B, 20 June 2018

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 20, 2018

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.

Follow Al Jazeera's coverage of the World Cup 2018 here. His presence is naturally very important for the team but this is not all about individuals.

"Those who try to mount a plan against him, he always manages to find something to make the difference". Things happen more naturally, sometimes passes that could be more hard, he facilitates. I hope he and our team are ready, and we'll be able to face a strong team like Morocco.

"What I know is that I have given my best, everyone wants to join the XI, but we all agree on the choices of the mister".

Portugal went on to win the Euro two years ago, having drawn their first game with Iceland, but Santos warned that they can not just rely on their captain to bail them out.

"We want to score from the opening minute, even though that won´t be easy".

Morocco need to bounce back from their agonising defeat against Iran but Portugal and Ronaldo in particular pose Herve Renard´s men a monumental challenge at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium.

Where is FIFA World Cup 2018 Portugal v/s Morocco match?

For those curious, Just Fontaine of France scored 13 goals in Sweden in 1958 - the most for a single tournament.

Ronaldo, after his fearless header, also became the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup.

Tehran's largest football stadium is to admit thousands of women together with men for the first time since the the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever grips Iran for its Wednesday evening group game against Spain.

Morocco made three changes to the team which lost 1-0 to Iran as defenders Manuel da Costa and Nabil Dirar and forward Khalid Boutaib were all included.

The game itself should be straightforward for Uruguay, who won their opener 1-0 against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt, as they face a Saudi Arabia team hammered 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the tournament´s curtain-raiser.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE