Best images as Cristiano Ronaldo's goal hands Portugal 1-0 win over Morocco

Sport360 staff 20/06/2018

Cristiano Ronaldo continued from where he left off against Spain, as he scored the only goal of the game against Morocco to help Portugal register a 1-0 win in their second game of the World Cup.

A win for Fernando Santos’ men meant they are now top of Group B, with Spain taking on Iran later on Wednesday.

A powerful header in just the fourth minute of the game from the Real Madrid star was enough to hand Portugal all three points at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from the game.

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England manager Gareth Southgate dislocates right shoulder

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Shoulder concern: Gareth Southgate.

England manager Gareth Southgate has dislocated his right shoulder while running, the Football Association has announced.

The manager, who punched the air in celebration as England beat Tunisia 2-1 on Monday evening, injured his right shoulder on Wednesday while running near the team’s World Cup base in Repino, Russia.

He told thefa.com: “It is better this is me than one of the players. They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking ‘what have you been doing?’. As always, they were probably quite amused.

“It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.”

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Saudi Arabia ratings as Yasser Al Shahrani shines with an 8 in defeat to Uruguay

Matt Jones 20/06/2018
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Saudi Arabia are out of the 2018 World Cup but they put in a much improved showing as they were downed 1-0 by Uruguay who booked their place in the knockout stages of with a stoic and workmanlike performance.

Luis Suarez, so ineffective as La Celeste scraped a late 1-0 win in their opener against Egypt, leapt into life at the Rostov Arena, converting Carlos Sanchez’s first-half corner into an empty net after Mohammed Al Owais came for the cross through a crowd of bodies and soon regretted his decision.

Much like in their opening game it was a tense affair against a vastly improved Saudi side, who huffed and puffed but simply didn’t have the quality required to equalise and keep their hopes of progression alive.

Here, we rate the Saudi players:

SAUDI ARABIA (4-2-3-1)

Mohammed Al Owais – 5:

Brought in after Abdullah Al Mayouf shipped five in the Russia rout, but came through a sea of bodies and

Mohammed Al Breik – 7:

Had his hands full with vivacious veteran Cristian Rodriguez coming at him relentlessly. Completed 85.5 per cent of his 60 passes.

Osama Hawsawi – 7:

A far more solid showing from the one-time Anderlecht man. Superb alongside the all-action Al Bulayhi.

Ali Al Bulayhi  – 7:

Great early block from Suarez and a terrific tackle on the same player close to half-time was sublimely timed. Injected much needed energy into his side.

Yasser Al Shahrani  – 8:

This is what we’re used to seeing from the flying full-back, the Al Hilal man haring down the wing and swinging in inviting crosses.

Taisir Al Jassim  – 6:

Veteran set the tone for his side, but sadly had to depart with an injury.

Abdullah Otayf – 7:

A rock in the heart of the Saudi midfield, with four tackles and three interceptions, as well as completing a fine 91.2 per cent of his 90 passes – more than any player on the field.

Hattan Bahebri – 6:

Squandered a presentable opening from Al Shahrani’s fine cross, stabbing over after stealing in. Otherwise a solid showing.

Salman Al Faraj – 8:

Buzzed around the Uruguay half looking for any hole to exploit. Probed and prodded and Uruguay always had to be alert with him on the ball. Completed 79 passes (second among Saudis), including three key passes.

Salem Al Dawsari – 6:

Two key passes from another Hilal man, just wasn’t able to find the killer one to unlock Uruguay’s defence.

Fahad Al Muwallad – 7:

Mobile and menacing – two things the aging Mohammad Al Sahlawi certainly wasn’t against Russia. Worked tirelessly across the front line

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Housain Al Mogahwi – 7:

Came in for the injured Al Jassim and rallied the troops, whose heads never dropped.

Mohamed Kanno – 5:

One shot on target after entering the fray, but did precious little else.

Mohammad Al Sahlawi N/A:

Introduced late on but the aging striker couldn’t affect proceedings.

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