Cristiano Ronaldo begs for VAR review despite blatant dive

Cristiano Ronaldo begs for VAR review despite blatant dive

Now Portugal faces Iran with a chance to win the group on Monday, while Morocco is certainly headed home after the group stage.

With time running out late on, Portugal broke and Ronaldo dribbled his way into the area before hitting the deck in dramatic fashion.

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.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro tweeted a couple hours after the game he was "proud to watch" Geiger referee Portugal vs. Morocco and represent United States of America at the world's biggest sporting event. And should Santos elevate Silva to the starting XI, the AC Milan forward knows he will be privileged to link up with one of the game's greats.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that saw him set an incredible record in the sport.

However, that is not a problem according to Ronaldo's global team-mate Soares as he believes the Real Madrid star's greatness is exactly why Portugal should go through him.

Ronaldo
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Ronaldo has struck 23 times in his past 18 matches for his country, with 15 of those goals coming in World Cup qualification. "We hope that this will be Cristiano's World Cup as it would be a good sign for us then".

"If we put three on Ronaldo, they have so much offensive quality".

A loss for Morocco on Wednesday will nearly certainly see their hopes of qualification to the next round squashed following their 1-0 loss to Iran in their first game of the tournament.

Luis Suarez marked his 100th global cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win.

Morocco coach Herve Renard was wary of the Ronaldo threat before the match and admitted any plans to stop the Portugal talisman in particular may backfire as his side look to avoid an early exit from the tournament.

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