Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer with strike against Morocco

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This wave was ridden even further on Wednesday, when the 33-year-old scored the sole goal in his nation's 1-0 victory against Morocco, climbing to the top of Group B for the time being.

The Real Madrid forward scored his fourth goal in two games in Russian Federation as the European champions moved top of their group ahead of Spain's match against Iran at 1800 GMT.

Ronaldo created a good scoring chance for Goncalo Guedes in the 39th but Morocco goalkeeper Monir El Kajoui stood tall and strong to beat out the shot.

After a coming together with Diego Costa in Portugal's opener with Spain, the former Real Madrid centre-back was accused of diving following a pat on the back from Medhi Benatia in Moscow. Unlike their match against Spain, we'll see Cristiano Ronaldo and co. taking a lot more initiative and possession, which might be a bit more comfortable for Morocco, left exposed from time to time in their loss to Iran.

Recall that in the first round of the group stage, Spain and Portugal have painted the productive draw - 3:3.

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This may just prove to be Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup.

Iran has had a goal disallowed for handball. Germany and Iran, also in the group will meet later today.

"From the first minute to the moment I woke up in the hospital, I wanted to play today, I felt good, even though I feel more exhausted than normal".

But in World Cup season, the men are bitter rivals, representing Iberian nemeses Spain and Portugal, respectively.

Morocco end their World Cup campaign against Spain on June 25, looking to sign out of Russian Federation with at least a goal to their name.