Ronaldo sends Morocco out of 2018 World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal against Spain

"We knew if we lost we could be out. We have to continue pushing forward and have to change certain things and get more of the ball".

Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds.

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Three action-packed games featured on day seven with South American nation Uruguay progressing to the round of 16, alongside Russian Federation who lead Group A.

Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from their final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russian Federation, while Portugal took a huge step towards the last 16. Santos quite rightly said that the result from 32 years ago would have no bearing on Wednesday's game but reiterated that it showed that their opponents could not be underestimated.

Their next game, which will be against 2010 champions Spain will not count in their favour as even a win will not qualify them to the next stage.

What is impressive to Soares about Ronaldo is his efficiency, as the 33-year-old has been able to make the most of his chances thus far in Russian Federation to deliver a huge impact on the tournament.

The Besiktas defender praised Ronaldo for his contribution against Spain.

The standard of refereeing has been at the forefront of much of the discussions made around the tournament in Russian Federation, mostly due to the debut for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Nordin Amrabat was a continuous threat down the right flank, but Morocco were guilty of being profligate in front of goal.

"I'm not disappointed about the performance", Renard said. "In the end the football gods will decide", said the former Real Madrid coach. "I share some responsibility in talking about the choices I've made". They have a lot of experience with players who play in the best leagues in Europe.

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