With no Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal would be packing their bag for an early home return. This has clearly been the sign in the past 2 games the team has played, as Ronaldo has been the only player in the team to score and take Portugal through the World Cup so far.
The European Champions scored once more against Morocco here, creating it four goals in 2 matches, to register a win that was a little undeserved. With no loses under their belt, Portugal now head to the next stage of the World Cup.
But whereas Ronaldo continued his quest to form this World Cup all regarding him. His contribution showed simply Portugal would not succeed without him.
Fresh from a hat-trick within the thrilling 3-3 win on Friday’s opener against Spain, Ronaldo was the man of the match once more, plundering an early header that sealed the win.
But the brutal truth is that European Champions were very lucky, outplayed by opponents who are undeservedly out of the World Cup.
Ronaldo’s winner came within the fourth minute, the Real Madrid star netted a header from a corner.
He could have scored a second one 5 minutes later, however, he dragged his shot wide.
In fact, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner flitted in and out of the action, lacking his usual deadly accuracy from free-kicks, that inevitably came from him drawing fouls from opponents.
Portugal: Rui Patricio 8 MOTM, Soares 7, Pepe 7, Fonte 6, Guerreiro 5, B Silva 6 (Martins 58, 4), William 6, Moutinho 6 (A Silva, 89), Mario 6 (B Fernandes 69, 4), Guedes 6, Ronaldo 7
Morocco: Mohamedi 7, Dirar 6, Benatia56, Da Costa 6, Hakimi 6, El Ahmadi 7 (Fajr, 85), Boussoufa 7, Amrabat 7, Belhanda 7 (Carcela 74, 5), Ziyech 7, Boutaib 6 (El Kaabi 69, 5).