Portugal v Morocco: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo hunts stricken Atlas Lions

Defeat to Portugal in their second Group B clash at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday would see them knocked out of the tournament no matter what the result is between Spain and Iran later in the day.

It does not bode well for Morocco that Cristiano Ronaldo has already hit form in Russian Federation.

- Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at the World Cup came against Morocco in 1986 (1-3) - they've won two and drawn one of their subsequent three games against them.

"The team is very well-organised and know their game very well. Any game at the World Cup is hard".

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes underwhelmed on his World Cup debut against Spain and may be replaced by Gelson Martins or Joao Mario. It did not have a single shot on target in the opener against Russian Federation.

He may have lifted the Henri Delaunay Trophy in Paris two years ago, but after suffering a knee injury early in the final, the extraordinarily driven attacker will be determined to finally make his mark on the World Cup.

He was suspended for four months after a group match in 2014 for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Their first match, against Spain, ended in a wild 3-3 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick, but while Santos was pleased with some aspects of that game, he expects his team to improve in certain areas.

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"De Gea is feeling fine".

"I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career", said Ronaldo.

The Besiktas defender praised Ronaldo for his contribution against Spain.

Iran arrived in Russian Federation with the second best qualifying record in the world in the final stage of Asian play with nine victories in 10 games.

"I hope he and our team are ready", he added.

Just 13 unlucky minutes separated Aziz Bouhaddouz's introduction as a substitute against Iran and the calamitous headed own goal that saw his team end their opening match empty handed, despite enjoying 68 per cent of possession.

The win 1-0 win over Morocco was a highlight for the national team and takes pressure off the team's chances of advancing.

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