Portugal Rethink Game Plan After Morocco Grind

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo headed his team to a 1-0 victory over Morocco in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday to put them in the driving seat for a spot in the next round and seal the North Africans' early exit.

Keane's fellow panelist Ian Wright also backed Ronaldo in his long-running battle with Messi, as he took his goal tally at Russian Federation 2018 to four after his victor against Morocco on Wednesday.

Iran plays Portugal in their final Group B match on Monday before Spain take on Morocco.

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On Football Index, a trading game website where participants can buy and sell players, Messi's price has fallen 4 percent since before the tournament while Ronaldo is up 6 percent. Both sides actually have very good ones with Spain's only yellow card dished out to Sergio Busquets in the draw with Portugal. "It would be the same in any other team in the world", he added. It wasn't the greatest showing from the Portuguese, as Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. With Morocco already out, Spain, Portugal and Iran are fighting it out for the two qualification berths.

Ronaldo has now already scored more goals in Russian Federation than his three previous World Cup campaigns.

"We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever", said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala of Messi.

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"Cristiano Ronaldo can play with anybody". "I love my four children, but I would give anything for this to be his World Cup".

"I see Leo well, just like the rest of my teammates, eager to hit back, to do things well in our next game and to work", Mercado said at a news conference in Moscow.

Russian Federation are celebrating after Wednesday's results confirmed they have qualified for the knockout round for the first time since the Soviet era along with Uruguay, condemning Mohamed Salah's Egypt and Saudi Arabia to an early exit. It wasn't the most compelling performance from Uruguay, which struggled in the attack yet again, but you can't argue with back-to-back clean sheets and two wins to start the tournament. In the first World Cup Game against Spain, his spellbinding hat-trick ensured that the Iberian Derby would end in a draw.

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