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5 things we learnt from Portugal’s win over Morocco

22 Juin 2018

Morocco possessed and surprisingly dominated the proceedings for prolonged periods of the game but their lack of experience means they do not make it out of their group.

The tournament continues to throw up surprising results. Wolverhampton is getting a gem in Patricio. Puskas, who also spent most of his career with Real Madrid, needed only 89 games to reach the 84-goal mark, while Ronaldo already has 151 caps. Best of a bland match.

Hierro, who took over after Julen Lopetegui was sacked last week, heaped praise on striker Diego Costa, who notched a scrappy 54th minute goal that was his third of the tournament.

The Spanish had most of the possession throughout the match but were left frustrated as Iran defended deep, keeping men behind the ball whenever Spain attacked.

But luck simply wasn't on Morocco's side, and Portugal goalkeeper was on his game, making incredible saves like this.

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed all three points for Portugal by scoring the only goal of the game in the fourth minute of the match, while Spain won by the same scoreline against Morocco thanks to Diego Costa's fortuitous second-half victor. Morocco had Portugal on the ropes, but could not finish any of the 15 chances it had, with Patricio coming up big time after time.

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The victor of the group will face off against the runner-up of Group A, which will be either Russian Federation or Egypt, while the runner-up will face the victor of Group A.

Ronaldo's fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018, following his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, took the European champions to four points on Wednesday. It sets up a fantastic final day of Group B, with three teams alive to advance. However, an audacious Iran did not let the Europian giants get away with a barrage of goals.

A more complex situation could occur if Iran draw with Portugal and Spain lose to Morocco by two goals or more.

"Coming into this tournament, people gave us no chance but we still have chances to qualify for the second round".

"We go for it, with great belief and great determination to try to win the game", Queiroz told reporters. We are the best national teams in the world. "We're nearly there but we'll see". We won, but we know that there are things to improve on.

What's next? Australia look to bounce back from their first up loss to France when they play Denmark at midnight (NZT) tonight.

5 things we learnt from Portugal’s win over Morocco