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Claims U.S. ref asked for Portugal shirt rejected

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country needs.
While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.
Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Sources close to FIFA World Cup referee Mark Geiger have denied that he asked for a Portugal player's shirt while refereeing Portugal's 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday.

Morocco complained afterward about Geiger's performance in the match, which was his first on-field assignment at the event, and midfielder Nordin Amrabat raised the prospect of impartial behaviour by the referee in an interview with Dutch broadcaster NOS.

"I don't know what [Geiger] is used to, but he was...

 By Reuters

Portugal 'lost control of the game' in win vs. Morocco - Fernando Santos

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win.

MOSCOW -- Portugal inexplicably lost control of the game in their 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday and were lucky not to get themselves in more trouble, coach Fernando Santos said.

The European champions took the lead in the fourth minute when Cristiano Ronaldo charged into the box to bury his header and become Europe's top international scorer with 85 goals.

But they instantly eased off and offered little else in terms of attacking football for the rest of the match.

Instead, it was...

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer in internationals

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country needs.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.
The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players.
After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.

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

The Portugal captain met Joao Moutinho's cross to head home in the fourth minute at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, sealing a 1-0 win for the reigning European champions.

Ronaldo, 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian...

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World Cup LIVE: Spain seek first win; Ronaldo fires Portugal; Uruguay win

It's Day 7, and not only does that mean it's the second round of group games, but it's also time to check out who's leading in Ballsupski anti-fantasy football and which famous celebrity will be celebrating their birthday in front of the TV today.

Spain play Iran looking for their first win. Uruguay are through and Saudi Arabia are out, while Portugal top Group B after beating Morocco.

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