Uruguay, Portugal and Spain victorious on day seven
- Author: Marlene Weaver Jun 22, 2018,
Jun 22, 2018, 2:18
Ronaldo's goal was his 85th strike for his country and saw him become Europe's all-time leading worldwide goal scorer after moving past Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84).
Goals from Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic completed the stunning 3-0 victory, leaving Messi and Argentina on the brink of World Cup disaster after two games. 38 goals were scored in the first set of 16 matches, and we've already seen some big shocks along the way.
For Morocco, a second successive defeat condemned them to an early exit in their first World Cup appearance since 1998.
One would think in that case they would seek a straight cash deal so that they could pursue a marquee replacement. Portugal and Spain were both heavily favored to make it out of this group, so any scenario in which the two squads are pitted against each other is, frankly, the funniest scenario. As Iran showed in a spirited 1-0 loss to Spain, they won't back down easily.
Iran's Ali Daei remains the all-time top scorer with an astonishing 109 goals.
They even thought they had stunned Spain on 64 minutes as Saeid Ezatolahi fired home from close-range, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR consultation.
The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian's attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard's leg and into the net in the 54th minute. Whilst Iran had a goal ruled out thanks to VAR.
Portugal's final match in Group B is against Iran at Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Monday.
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.
In the latter stages of the game, Portugal broke and Ronaldo attempted to win a penalty, hitting the deck despite there being no contact with the Morocco defender. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament.