Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to become the second-highest goalscorer in men's global soccer and, in the process, earn Portugal a nervy 1-0 win over Morocco.
Morocco coach Herve Renard is expecting Portugal to give his side a tougher game than they had against Iran.
When they managed to stop appealing and resumed play, Morocco looked risky and were the dominant side in the second half.
Portugal led Morocco 1-0 at halftime but have been far from impressive.
After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.
The much-talked about plan of a Portugal in possession, spreading the play and dictating the tempo never materialised.
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Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Group B game between Morocco and Portugal.
In their opening game against Spain, it was Ronaldo's hat-trick that earned them an incredible 3-3 draw.
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Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball but Portugal generally defended well to limit the danger.
You can watch the stream of the match from the Moscow Live & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. However, they failed to complete each of those opportunities and that is where Portugal got there job done early in the game.
Aside from Ronaldo, PSG attacker Goncalo Guedes looked a real threat on the break. With Spain also big favorites against Iran and Morocco, goal difference could make a difference in the standings. A second loss for Morocco will all but eliminate them, while a Portugal loss will put them into a must-win scenario against Iran in a few days.
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.