Ronaldo's Portugal kick out Morocco from World Cup

Ronaldo's Portugal kick out Morocco from World Cup

The Real Madrid striker headed in Joao Moutinho's long cross just four minutes in to score what turned out to be the only goal of the match.

Just as we witnessed in several games throughout Euro2016, Portugal were the worse side on the day but walked away with all three points.

American official Mark Geiger is at the centre of the controversy with Morocco's coach, Herve Renard, also unhappy with a number of decisions made.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward scored in the fourth minute against Morocco to give Portugal the early lead and is now only behind Ali Daei of Iran, on 109 goals, in the global all-time scoring charts.

Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro and the entire squad erupted in outrage.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda's sharp header but Medhi Benatia's blazed effort over the bar was more typical of their finishing from half-a-dozen reasonable chances and they paid the ultimate price for their lack of a proven goalscorer.

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It was Iran's second victory in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia's first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Majid Hosseini is an Iranian right back and relatively new to the team with just 1 cap.

Portugal defender Pepe has been the subject of scrutiny on Twitter following a theatrical dive during his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco.

"Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia", the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

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

Another risky delivery from Ziyach was flicked on by Belhanda, with new Wolves signing Patricio flinging himself to his right to magnificently claw the ball to safety. "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".

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

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