World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘happy’ with 4th goal in Russia

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo stamped his authority on the field as Portugal edged past Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow.The Portuguese scored in the fourth minute of the match at the Luzhniki Stadium to take his team to the top of the table as of now.Ronaldo drilled in a header from a corner and take his goal tally at the tournament to four and lead the line for the golden-boot award early in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Morocco did try and put together some good moves over the two halves but ultimately failed to score and lost the match 0-1 to Portugal and are now eliminated from the tournament.The 33-year-old’s fourth goal was also his 85th for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Sandor Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Ronaldo has scored 85 international goals now (Reuters Photo)Not only that, Cristiano is now the second Portugal player to net at least four goals at a single World Cup after Eusébio (9) in 1966 and is in second place on the all-time international top scorer list behind Iran’s Ali Daei — and the highest among the active players.With four points in the bag and Morocco almost out, Portugal’s chances of making the next round was handed a slight boost but a lot will depend on the late night kick off between Iran and 2010 World Champions Spain. However, the Real Madrid star is not ready to think about that is happy with the three points from this match.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisement”I’m happy I scored the goal but the most important thing is that we won the game. We have to think match by match in order to progress,” said Ronaldo.Before coming into the World Cup, Ronaldo had scored three goals from 70 shots in his previous three World Cup tournaments combined for Portugal (2006, 2010 and 2014). But this year, at the 2018 World Cup, he has scored three goals from his first four shots.Since November 9, 2012, the forward from Madeira has scored in more games for his Portugal than he has not scored in. He has played 55 games since 55 games and has scored in 28 of them. His goal today was the 48th goal since then and Portugal will be hoping their captain and star man continues to rake in the goals as they mount a challenge for the World Cup.Portugal coach Fernando Santos however, was not too pleased with the performance despite the win.”We have to look at this and we have to talk about it,” Portugal coach Santos said. “We lost control of the game, we misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence.”It was inexplicable. If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they will wear you down and you get into trouble,” said Santos.But, he was all praise for Ronaldo, who he thinks is like port wine.”Cristiano is like a Port wine,” Portugal coach Santos said about his talismanic captain. “He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best. He is constantly evolving, contradictorily to the other players.He knows himself and he knows what he can do. What he does now is not what he did three or four years ago, and not what he will be doing in a few years from now,” said the 63-year-old. Rui Patricio made some important saves to keep the scoreline 1-0 in favour of Portugal (Reuters Photo)Goalkeeper Rui Patricio had loads of work to do throughout the match as the North Africans kept finding pockets of space and create opportunities. The new Wolves goalie made some crucial saves to earn three points for his team.”Of course, no World Cup match is easy even against teams that are theoretically weaker,” said Portugal defender Jose Fonte.”Today, again it was the same situation. They are a team which caused a lot of trouble. We knew how to suffer,” he added.last_img

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