Portugal vs Morocco: Half-time report

Portugal vs Morocco: Half-time report

Cristiano Ronaldo will hone in on Morocco on Wednesday after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal´s World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran in Group B.

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.

Morocco and Portugal have met just once prior to Wednesday's clash, with the African giants beating their opposition 3-1 in the group stage at the 1986 World Cup.

"I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career", said Ronaldo.

Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods. We have to play like we did in the European Championship two years ago. They've always played to their full intensity on the pitch and we have to respond to that.

Our recommended way to watch the Portugal vs Morocco soccer game online live streaming without cable is via Hulu Live TV with complete World Cup coverage. If Morocco is to have any hope at getting out of the group, it needs what appears to be an improbable result against the reigning European champion.

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To be frank, the likelihood of each result happening is in order of difficulty, but also descending order. I'm happy to have been with him since the beginning and he has not changed in nine years.

Can Morocco summon the spirit of '86 and pull off an historic win over Portugal or will the Portuguese all-but confirm their progression to the next round?

Morocco is in must-win mode if it wants to reach the knockout stage of the tournament.

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Russian Federation is the lowest FIFA ranked side at the event, but two games in they are top of their group with six points and are poised to qualify for the next stage. "I´m here to enjoy the World Cup", Blatter told reporters before stepping inside a luxurious Moscow hotel. "He had a dream debut at this tournament but you also have to remember all the work he puts in to make it happen. The first game was a good sign for us".

The Morocco defender Nabil Dirar added: "Tomorrow will be a final for us, an important battle".

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