C├ędric's Portugal a step closer to qualification

By SFC Media time Wed 20 Jun International
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Portugal have one foot in the knockout phases of the World Cup after a narrow 1-0 win over Morocco this afternoon.

The Euro 2014 holders now sit atop of Group B, ahead of Spain's meeting with Iran later this evening, and in pole position to qualify to the tournament's last 16.

The result makes Morocco's elimination inevitable, after losing 2-1 to Iran in their opening clash, and effectively ends their association with Russia 2018 before the final group stage game is played.

Despite a gallant display from the Moroccan's, Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was the predictable match winner, latching onto Joao Moutinho's delivery and sending a bullet header past the helpless Munir in the fourth minute.

Saints' Cédric again played the full complement of minutes, after featuring for the entirety of their 3-3 draw with Spain last week, and will now face Iran on Monday 25th (7pm BST) for the chance to secure a place in the next round.

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