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World Cup 2018: Moments That Surprised Football Fans

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And the goatee appears to be bringing him some luck after he scored a header in a matter of minutes to take his tally at the World Cup to four goals in two games. Saudi Arabia has finished last in group play in its past three World Cup appearances, has not won in its last 11 World Cup games and has failed to score in eight of the last 10.

Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal's second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France worldwide.

He is now top of the World Cup goalscoring leaderboard having netted a hat-trick in Portugal's opening Group B match against Spain on June 15. It did not have a single shot on target in the opener against Russian Federation.

While his one-man show on the field kept the world glued to the tv sets for a whole 90 mins, his heartwarming act of the field is making news right now. The punishment left Uruguay without Suarez when the team was knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16. I can say that makes things easier.

Spain began the World Cup in disarray after the federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui just 48 hours before its opening match against Portugal.

The switch was done on Friday when Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal played a 3-3 draw against Spain in their World Cup opener.

Image Iranians celebrate the 1-0 victory over Morocco in the 2018 World Cup
Iranians celebrate their 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco in downtown Tehran

However, after the match, Costa admitted that the Portuguese superstar was a notch above the rest.

"We won't focus only on Ronaldo", said Da Costa.

"De Gea is feeling fine".

Former worldwide defender Fernando Hierro is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament Spain - expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages - have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected. That's what was most important for us. It was great. It was a great match between two wonderful teams.

"He is the best in the world".

Coming to Morocco, they 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.

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