Morocco out after 1-0 defeat to Portugal
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 22, 2018,
Jun 22, 2018, 3:43
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Essentially a must-win game for Germany, who fell 1-0 to Mexico in their opening match. Best of a bland match.
The Spaniards were unable to break the Iranian defence in the first half, and a lucky Diego Costa goal in the 54th minute broke the deadlock.
Golden boot rival: Costa now has three goals to his name in two games, making him Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest realistic rival for the golden boot at this early stage.
The soccer superstar scored the winning goal Wednesday in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B game.
Portugal was then put under huge pressure for the rest of the match.
Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.
Saurez's 23rd minute victor advanced both Uruguay and Russian Federation out of Group A, but it was not a very convincing victory for the Uruguayan side.
AS called Spain "leaders of the rebound" while newspaper Sport thanked the existence of video technology which ruled out a potential Iran equaliser for offside, declaring "Long Live VAR!" on its cover.
The runners-up of Group B, meanwhile, will face the team that finishes top of Group A. Portugal, Uruguay and Spain edged past their challengers by one goal to nil victory.
The two best nations out of Group C go head-to-head to determine the group victor. Both matches can also been seen on Fubo.tv.
Though their win came by the slimmest of margins, Spain dominated the match, controlling 70% of possession and outshooting their opponent 17-5.
There is even the possibility that Spain qualify while losing to Morocco, but for this to occur they would need Iran to beat Portugal and for them to have a worse goal difference.
"But we won the game, we should be happy with the win".
"We still try our best, always". Joao Moutinho curled a short pass into the six-yard area as Ronaldo raced from behind to dive and headed in a rocket past the Moroccan keeper to send Portugal 1-0 ahead in the game.
After a hard-fought win against Peru on Saturday, Denmark know that a win will book them a spot in the next round. However, if Portugal and Spain lose in a specific way, it gets weird.