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Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

We Must Make Ronaldo 'Less Exceptional,' Says Morocco Boss Renard

We Must Make Ronaldo 'Less Exceptional,' Says Morocco Boss Renard

Cristiano Ronaldo said Portugal must strive to improve at the World Cup after Wednesday's 1-0 win over Group B rivals Morocco left them within sight of the knockout rounds.

Cristiano Ronaldo broke Ferenc Puskas' record for the most global goals by a European player with his winning goal for Portugal against Morocco in their 2018 World Cup group match on Wednesday.

The Portugal forward headed in a fourth-minute cross from the right to give Portugal a 1-0 victory on Wednesday.

Portuguese defender, Pepe has been speaking ahead of the game and he is full of praise for his Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was far from a convincing performance, but manager Fernando Santos and Co. came away with their first win at the World Cup and now sit in the drivers' seat in Group B.

"We knew if we lost we could be out", Ronaldo said.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup with the victor as Portugal knocked Morocco out of the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament.

But any optimism that may have been generated was shattered when, after four minutes, Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in two games when Joao Moutinho crossed and Ronaldo, all alone, thundereda header high into the net.

- Morocco have lost their opening two group games at the World Cup for the third different edition (also 1970 and 1994).

Morocco XI: Munir Mohamedi, Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia (c), Manuel da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, Karim El Ahmadi, Moubarak Boussoufa, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib. Torres had achieved that feat in the 1966 World Cup.

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.

"I think we are ranked 41st now." said the Frenchman, who took over in February 2016.

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