Morocco should have six points and it should be the story of the tournament. As it turns out, the Moroccans can't finish their chances and they will go home after playing Spain on the 25th of June. First team to be eliminated.
Arnav: This is a deeply unfortunate result. Morocco have been far from the worst team at this tournament, and they don't deserve to be the first knocked out. I really wish we could have seen more from the likes of Amrabat and Ziyach. That was at least an entertaining game. Morocco deserved at least a draw.
As Benatia blazed over in added time, it became certain that today was not Morocco's day. It has not been their World Cup either. The Atlas Lions have bossed two matches and lost both of them, becoming the first side to be knocked out of the tournament in the process. As for Portugal, serious questions will be asked of today's performance. The European champions were second best in all departments and a more clinical opponent would have defeated Santos and his players today. However, with four points in the kitty and Iran to come, Portugal will back itself to progress to the knockouts. A certain Cristiano Ronaldo looks in top form. He is also this World Cup's top scorer now.
FT! Portugal beat Morocco!
Peep peeep peeeeeep! And that's that! Portugal get all three points and Morocco become the first team to be eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo struck his fourth goal of the tournament in the fourth minute to take the lead in the race for the golden boot. Morocco created chance after chance but lacked a finishing touch up front.
Arnav: Get exasperated with one Benatia miss, shame on me. Get exasperated with two Benatia misses, shame on Benatia.
90+2` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Benatia spurns another gilt-edged opportunity to grab an equaliser. From a corner, he gets the ball near the penalty spot. He takes a touch and looks to blast it into the top corner but sends it well over the bar.
What a chance for Ziyach to pull Morocco level! He gets at the end of Amrabat's pass and looks set to crash a left-footed shot right into the top corner but the ball takes a deflection off Pepe and balloons over.
Final substitution for Morocco as Renard looks to have a proper go at Portugal. The defensive midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is dispensed for Fayçal Fajr
85` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Poor defending from Benatia as he loses the ball right on the edge of the box and has to bring down Ronaldo to prevent him from going one-on-one with the keeper. Ronaldo looks ominous as he goes about his usual routine before a free-kick. All comes to nought as he slams the ball against the wall.
Mehdi Carcela replaces Younes Belhanda as Renard desperately seeks a goal. Portugal will be pleased with the direction in which this match is headed. Morocco is struggling to make incisive breaks into the opposition box and time is running out.
74` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Second change from Morocco and Belhanda, who had a good game, comes off for Mehdi Carcela. Morocco continue their probing but are lacking that killer touch in front of goal. Someone of Ronaldo's calibre could have gotten a hat-trick from the number of chances created by the likes of Ziyach and Amrabat.
Bernardo Silva off as Santos looks to shake things up. FC Sporting's Gelson Martins is his replacement. Morocco have slowly grown in this half to lay siege on Portugal's goal. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates are living dangerously.
Arnav: Well scratch that. A phenomenal save from Patricio and Morocco are starting to look threatening. Set piece after set piece. This is exciting. I'm changing my earlier statement-it's a 1-1 draw for me
56` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
And just as Skandha rues Morocco's lack of scoring opportunities, Herve Renard's men twice come to levelling. First Belhands looks to curl on in from a cutback from Amrabat but Patricio saves. The new Wolves signing does one better a minute later when Ziyach's free-kick is flicked on towards the bottom corner by Belhanda but Patricio does incredibly well to get down low and palm it away. Morocco looking increasingly liking to score here.
Portugal in control in the opening exchanges of this half. It has been a more open game than what Fernando Santos would like but Morocco's insistence on attack means that there are plenty of opportunities to counter.
Skandha: It's strange. Morocco don't look like scoring, but don't deserve to lose
52` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Portugal have never lost a World Cup match in which they have been leading at half-time before today (P11 W9 D2 L0). Morocco have never previously won when trailing at the interval (P5 W0 D1 L4). Doesn't look good for the African side.
Quick free-kick taken long by Portugal and Joao Mario and Guedes combine on the left of the box. The West Ham gets to the byline and cuts it back to Guedes. With all the time in the world, Guedes shoots first time but it instead of going towards goal, it goes sideways. Ronaldo comes motoring into the box intending to rip the net open but somehow sends it row Z.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 4th-minute goal has made the difference as Portugal lead Morocco 1-0 at halftime.
Ronaldo made European football history when he stooped to score with a powerful header from Joao Moutinho's right-flank cross after a corner.
His 85th goal for Portugal broke a tie with Hungary great Ferenc Puskas as the most ever for a European national team. Only Ali Daei of Iran, who scored 109 international goals, is ahead of Ronaldo in the world list.
Ronaldo created a good scoring chance for Goncalo Guedes in the 39th but Morocco goalkeeper Monir El Kajoui stood tall and strong to beat out the shot.
Morocco have had a fantastic half and yet, they are on the brink of World Cup elimination. For the second game running, an inability to find the final pass is hurting the Atlas Lions. Portugal have been subdued, but occasional moments of brilliance from Ronaldo mean that Morocco has plenty of ground to cover in the second half.
45+2` Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Amrabat chases down a long ball and wins a free-kick right next to the corner flag on the right. Can Morocco strike right at the end? Ziyach swings in the free-kick and Belhanda flicks it towards goal but it goes wide. Benatia could have had a touch and diverted the ball into gaol. So close from a deserved goal!
Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat.
A hat-trick from the five-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw for the European champions against Spain in a heavyweight Group B showdown in Sochi.
It was Ronaldo's 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st in the tournament's history, as the Real Madrid star became just the fourth player to score in four World Cups.
"I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career," said Ronaldo.
"For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup."
Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russia but can take a big step towards the last 16 with victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.
"I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us," striker Andre Silva told reporters at Portugal's training base.
"We cannot underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent. Any game at the World Cup is difficult."
It will be just the second meeting between the two countries, after Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage at the 1986 finals.
Morocco did not concede a single goal in the final qualifying round as they sealed a return to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years, but their knockout hopes hang by a thread after a 95th-minute own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz against Iran.
'We're not dead'
Herve Renard's men face a monumental challenge, with games to come against Portugal and Spain, but midfielder Faycal Fajr is adamant all is not lost for the Atlas Lions.
"If I said that we don't believe we can qualify it would be a lie," said Fajr, one of 17 players born abroad in Morocco's 23-man squad.
"I could throw out some examples, like the Argentina draw (1-1 with Iceland). Where there's a will there's a way. (The Portuguese) have two feet, two legs and they are humans like us."
"We lost a battle but we haven't lost the war. We're not dead," he added."
Renard lamented that Morocco were "crucified by our own errors" in the loss to Iran, but the Frenchman is used to defying the odds, having led outsiders Zambia to a surprise triumph at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
He then became the first coach to win the continental title with two different teams three years later, guiding the Ivory Coast to glory.
Morocco will need Renard to conjure up more magic to prevent an early exit, although Fajr says the mood in the camp remains positive.
"Even after the defeat, the atmosphere was terrific," he said. "We've been waiting for this moment for 20 years, all Moroccans have been waiting for this for 20 years. We're one big family."