Twitter erupts as Cristiano Ronaldo inspire Portugal to their second victory

Twitter erupts as Cristiano Ronaldo inspire Portugal to their second victory

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to become the second-highest goalscorer in men's worldwide soccer and, in the process, earn Portugal a nervy 1-0 win over Morocco.

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top worldwide scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.

Hakim Ziyech also tested the Portugal goalkeeper from distance in the 22nd minute, and Morocco were the team on the front foot as they attempted to level the scores.

That moved him ahead of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas and alone in second place worldwide behind Ali Daei's 109 goals for Iran.

Him again. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the ice four minutes into the game, with the sort of diving header perilously inches from Karim El Ahmadi's boot that screamed: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

By scoring a hat-trick in his opening game, Ronaldo equalled his World Cup tally from each of the previous three tournaments, having scored only once at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

The North African team, who lost to Iran in their opening match courtesy of a 95th-minute own goal, was even more threatening after the break.

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Ronaldo is back in action at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT; 1200 GMT).

Portugal have been poor and other than the first goal, have struggled to get Ronaldo into the game.

The Real Madrid superstar has never been one for facial hair, and it seems unusual that he would opt to make this change midway through a World Cup tournament.

Ronaldo had a shout for a penalty in the latter stages when he went down under a challenge from Amrabat, but the referee was not interested.

Cameras surrounding Luzhniki stadium in Moscow showed some Moroccan fans crying after the game.

Despite a far from vintage performance from the Portuguese team against Morocco, Ronaldo says the European champions are aiming to top Group B after improving on the single point in the draw against Spain.

However, they failed to complete each of those opportunities and that is where Portugal got there job done early in the game.

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