Spain And Portugal Win At World Cup


Morocco are out of contention for the World Cup in Russian Federation after Portugal beat the north African side 1-0 in their Group B match on Wednesday, while Spain outclassed Iran with 1-0 win.

Ronaldo took his tournament tally to four goals when he charged into the box, timing his run to perfection in the fourth minute to power in his header.

Victory sent Portugal top of Group B on four points ahead of Spain's game against Iran in Kazan, as a second straight defeat for Morocco condemned the African nation to an early exit in their first World Cup appearance since 1998.

It all started with Ronaldo's celebration after netting a hat trick against Spain to single-handedly carry Portugal to a 3-3 draw with the world powerhouse.

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There's an old joke that Portugal (and Greece) can't play great soccer because every time they get a corner, they open a cafe.

Instead, it was the less flamboyant players who stood out, such as goalkeeper Rui Patricio, defenders Pepe and Jose Fonte, and the calm and composed William Carvalho in front of the defense.

Ronaldo, was seen rubbing his chin whenever he scored which many took it as a subtle dig towards rival Lionel Messi. Against Morocco, his thumping header handed the Seleccao an important win which has all but ensured their progress in the next round. With Morocco already out, Spain, Portugal and Iran are fighting it out for the two qualification berths.

The Seleção have ridden their luck and relied on captain Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics having been second best in both matches played thus far.

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In all of the knockout matches, Portugal had less possession than their opponents, ranging from 41 percent against Croatia to 47 percent against France, and the same has happened in their opening two games at the World Cup.

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"Even if you want to draw up plans for Ronaldo, he always finds a way out", Renard had said on the eve of the contest. I doubt if that guy will see another minute of action in the World Cup.

The win means Russian Federation and Uruguay both have six points in Group A, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia eliminated with zero points apiece.

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He said: "I'm very happy".