Pepe Takes Theatrical Tumble During Game Against Morocco

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo on 28 June 2017 in Kazan and Morocco's Younes Belhanda on 9 June 2018 in Talinn

A Cristiano Ronaldo 4 minute header separated the two sides.

Africa's performance at this year's world cup has not been impressive.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the global tournament.

The Portugal superstar headed home in just the fourth minute of the Group B encounter in Moscow to surpass former Hungary and Spain striker Ferenc Puskas and move his tally to 85 on his 152nd appearance for his country.

It was his 85th global goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas's European record, with only Iran's Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.

Portugal defender Pepe has been the subject of scrutiny on Twitter following a theatrical dive during his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco.

When they did manage to stop appealing and concentrate on playing, Morocco looked unsafe and were the dominant side in the second half.

Portugal will tackle Iran in their final group game on June 25 in Saransk. Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro.

Coach Herve Renard was also ticked off for the new offence of gesticulating to demand a video assistant referee (VAR) review of the incident, which left Amrabat with rugby-style stud-rake marks on his stomach that he insisted on displaying to anyone who would look.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda's sharp header but Medhi Benatia's blazed effort over the bar was more typical of their finishing from half-a-dozen reasonable chances and they paid the ultimate price for their lack of a proven goalscorer.

Ronaldo's four goals top the individual scoring chart at the World Cup.

The most important thing for our team is for Cristiano Ronaldo to be well.

Amrabat was one of Morocco's better performers on an afternoon where they will feel they should have at least taken a draw from Fernando Santos' side.

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