World Cup stars mostly stifled, with 1 Portuguese exception

World Cup stars mostly stifled, with 1 Portuguese exception

World Cup stars mostly stifled, with 1 Portuguese exception

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo sticks his tongue out during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 20, 2018.

For that to happen, Spain and Portugal will have to win by the same scoreline in their final games with Portugal picking up one more yellow card than Fernando Hierro's side. Iran have three points and Spain one ahead of their meeting later today.

The other Group B powerhouse, Spain kept pace with their European neighbours on Wednesday, defeating Iran 1-0.

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

The goal was Ronaldo's 85th career strike for Portugal, setting the record as the highest-scoring European player in men's worldwide soccer history.

The Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 7.99 rating, Isco was everywhere for the Spaniards. "They created many chances but we managed to get the victory and that is what matters most", Ronaldo added.

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"He won´t be doing the same thing in two or three years and he´s not doing what he did four or five years ago".

With two straight losses to open the tournament, Morocco became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from this year's World Cup. Kane happened to be in the right place at the right time for both goals, solidifying three points for England.

Queiroz was beaming with pride for his players after the match and said they would head into the Portugal decider with confidence. We're nearly there (knockout stages) and then we'll see. We know that we have him in the team and he is the major asset for us.

Former champion France (1998) with 3 points already under their belt, is expected to leave no stone unturned when they clash with Peru in the second game for the day in a Group C match-up.

"This was practically a final, we had to win at whatever cost after the game with Portugal", he said.

"The result against Spain could've been better for us, we deserved more but this is why we call it the attractive game". People gave us no chance, but we still have chances to qualify for the second round.

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