Iran kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win against Morocco, thanks to a late own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz, piling the pressure on Spain at Kazan Arena on Wednesday.
In the second match of the second round of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, fans will see Cristiano Ronaldo leading the Selecção das Quinas or the Team of the Five against Group B's bottom dweller - Morocco on Wednesday, June 20 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos opted to pair Goncalo Guedes with Ronaldo from kick-off in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in Sochi, where the captain of the Euro 2016 victor netted a stunning 88th-minute free-kick to deny one of the favourites, which was reeling from the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.
Ronaldo's goal put the European champions top of Group B before Spain play Iran at 19:00 BST on Wednesday, and extended his lead as the top scorer in Russian Federation in the race for the Golden Boot.
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Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos' team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.
Portugal were pinned back for extended spells as Morocco attacked in waves without causing any major scares, and they might have extended their lead when Ronaldo played Goncalo Guedes into the box but Munir stood tall and made a one-handed save.
"I don't know what he normally does, but what are we talking about here?"
The 33-year-old scored a first half header in four minute for Portugal against the Lions of the Atlas. "We hope that this will be Cristiano's World Cup as it would be a good sign for us then". But as this World Cup has shown thus far, the unexpected has come to be expected.
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In the intervening years, they have developed into the most exciting, destructive and successful one-day team in the world. Surrey had hammered the gargantuan total against Gloucestershire at The Oval during the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy.
Morocco need to bounce back from their agonising defeat against Iran but Portugal, and Ronaldo in particular, pose Herve Renard's men a monumental challenge at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
"As in the first game, we had a lot of chances and I won't criticise anyone".
Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk isn't ruling out changes to face a World Cup opponent he rates as a better team unit than France.
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