World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo makes history after scoring against Morocco

Portugal will be looking to pick up their first victory of the World Cup when they take on Morocco at the Luzhniki stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The game itself should be straightforward for Uruguay, who won their opener 1-0 against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt, as they face a Saudi Arabia team hammered 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the tournament´s curtain-raiser. We've tried to continue improving what we did well and rectify what we didn't do so well, but it's two or three days, we don't have magic dust.

"We thought about what we did in the first game against Spain and we tried to rectify in training what we did not do so well, but there is no magic solution".

Iran have three points and Spain one ahead of their meeting later on Wednesday.

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Midfielder Joao Mario was included in Portugal's starting line-up for the World Cup Group B match against Morocco on Tuesday in the only change from the team which started the 3-3 draw against Spain.

Portugal showed glimpses of real quality on the break against Spain in their opening group game and will be quietly confident that they have the class to break down Morocco. "We have to give our everything".

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Former worldwide defender Fernando Hierro is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament Spain - expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages - have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected. "He had a dream debut at this tournament but you also have to remember all the work he puts in to make it happen".

"For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup".

"I hope this is going to be a good match for us".

After an injury-time own goal against Iran, Morocco will have to pick themselves up and rally in time for the game, and Herve Renard's side can still draw some positives from the defeat. "A coach who loses is never right", he said. "I share some responsibility in talking about the choices I've made".

"To me it's nothing new about Cristiano Ronaldo", the 35-year-old said.

"He's absolutely exceptional. Perhaps that word isn't even strong enough but you have to do everything to stop him".

"We lost a battle but we haven´t lost the war".


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