Fernando Santos had wanted to see more from his supporting cast but, well, while the Portugal manager has Cristiano Ronaldo, it is probably not essential. Ronaldo did what Ronaldo does. He got into dangerous areas, he scored and he was decisive.
It did not matter that this was not a vintage Portugal performance. They got the job done and they have put one foot in the second round. Ronaldo’s goal came early and, after his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, he is making the running for the Golden Boot.
Written by David Hytner at the Luzhniki Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/20/portugal-morocco-world-cup-group-b-match-report under the title “Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again for Portugal to send Morocco out”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.