Portugal "blessed" to have Ronaldo, says Fonte


Portugal "blessed" to have Ronaldo, says Fonte

Best of a bland match.

Diego Costa scored a lucky goal in the 54th minute, getting a favourable bounce off a defender's leg.

Where would Portugal be without Cristiano Ronaldo?

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

Ronaldo scored the 85th goal of his Portugal career to become the leading European goalscorer of all time in worldwide football in their 1-0 win over Morocco.

Portugal was then put under enormous pressure for the rest of the match.

Their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Renard's side rallied and Medhi Benatia brought a good low save from Rui Patricio with a downward far-post header and he was soon tested again by Hakim Ziyech's raking drive from 20 yards.

The South Americans take on the hosts in their final Group A match on June 25 with top spot on the line, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after both suffered back-to-back defeats.

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Ronaldo, 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian capital to overtake Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award. It sets up a fantastic final day of Group B, with three teams alive to advance. Portugal, Uruguay and Spain edged past their challengers by one goal to nil victory.

"You have to get used to that!" he said, when quizzed about his inclusion of Lucas Vazquez and positioning of Isco during the win in Kazan that left Spain joint top of Group B with Portugal.

There is actually still away that that drawing of lots could be to determine which of the two teams goes out and who goes through as second. Both matches can also been seen on Fubo.tv. He gives us confidence that we can win every match.

Croatia secured three points in their 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game but enter the match under a cloud.

"I felt we deserved a better result".

Now Queiroz and his men need a win over Portugal to qualify for the first knockout stage in its five World Cup history.

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