Ronaldo breaks 62-year-old record as Morocco heads home


The Real Madrid star followed up his hattrick against Spain on Friday with a fourth-minute header which was his 85th goal for his country in 152 games.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament.

Africa's performance at this year's world cup has not been impressive.

"Especially with the goal, we think that Ronaldo fouls [Khalid] Boutaib who was closest to him, and this cost us. If in a match against players like they have, if you don't have the ball, they wear you down and you get into trouble".

It was his 85th worldwide goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

The goal woke Morocco out of their slumber and they quickly came to dominate the first half.

They qualified for the finals without conceding a goal in six matches yet somehow opted against marking the most risky attacker at the tournament in the six yard box when Joao Moutinho swung in a cross from a short corner and Ronaldo duly buried the header.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard has expressed his satisfaction with his team's performance despite their ouster from the Russian Federation 2028 World Cup.

The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

Nordin Amrabat impressed in attack for Morocco, and a superb save from Rui Patricio after a Younes Belhanda header helped keep Portugal ahead.

Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner.

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.

Portugal will tackle Iran in their final group game on June 25 in Saransk.