Cristiano Ronaldo explains why he's growing a beard during World Cup 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo explains why he's growing a beard during World Cup 2018

Morocco officially is eliminated from World Cup 2018 contention with its second loss in as many games.

France are probably the most talented side at this World Cup, but under manager Didier Deschamps they've never really gelled.

It all started with Ronaldo's celebration after netting a hat trick against Spain to single-handedly carry Portugal to a 3-3 draw with the world powerhouse.

Ronaldo, with his fourth goal of the tournament, is now the most prolific European goal scorer at worldwide level.

With Ronaldo in the side, and in this form in Russian Federation, anything seems possible. He is constantly evolving, contradictorily to the other players. He prepares for that.

"He prepares for that and being Portuguese and having him in the team is just incredible". Of course, it's important for us to have him.

Asked what it's like trying to shackle Ronaldo in training, Fonte replied: "Tough".

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Stat chat After scoring 13 successive goals from open play at the World Cup, three of Portugal's four goals at this tournament have come from set-pieces. If you think of it like tennis, we had one match point today and we will have another against Portugal.

Portugal's final match in Group B is against Iran at Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Monday.

"Obviously not completely happy with the performance and the way we played", he conceded. I felt we deserved a better result.

New Zealand referee Matt Conger will see his first action of the World Cup on Saturday morning when he controls the Group D clash between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd.

Costa claimed his third goal of the tournament in the 54th minute at Kazan Arena but the striker hardly knew about it, the ball deflecting off his knee from an attempted clearance by hapless Iran defender Ramin Rezaeian. They're fighting for their lives. We are the best national teams in the world. Why not? If you look at our squad a lot of us have beards.

"Our full concentration is now on Portugal and we have a very hard task ahead of us, but we are determined to get this win", said the midfielder, who missed Iran's win over Morocco in their opening game due to suspension. "There is no easy game in the World Cup".