World Cup 2018: Morocco coach refuses to be critical after exit

first_imgMorocco became the first side to be knocked out of 2018 FIFA World Cup after they lost their Group B encounter against Portugal on Wednesday.The African nation, who lost their first match 1-0 against Iran, suffered another defeat by the scoreline as Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal.The Portuguese striker scored in the fourth minute to put his country ahead, but Morocco created a lot of chances in the second half. However, the failure of their players to capitalise on the opportunities led to their elimination.Despite the loss, an emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard said he was proud of his players.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I’m not disappointed about the performance, I’m happy with it and very proud of my players,” Renard said. “As in the first game, we had a lot of chances and I won’t criticise anyone.”Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s goal was his 85th for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Sandor Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).With four points in the bag and Morocco almost out, Portugal’s chances of making the next round was handed a slight boost but a lot will depend on the late night kick off between Iran and 2010 World Champions Spain. However, the Real Madrid star is not ready to think about that is happy with the three points from this match.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I’m happy I scored the goal but the most important thing is that we won the game. We have to think match by match in order to progress,” said Ronaldo.Portugal coach Fernando Santos, however, was not too pleased with the performance.”We have to look at this and we have to talk about it,” Portugal coach Santos said. “We lost control of the game, we misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence.”It was inexplicable. If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they will wear you down and you get into trouble,” said Santos.But, he was all praise for Ronaldo, who he thinks is like port wine.”Cristiano is like a Port wine,” Portugal coach Santos said about his talismanic captain. “He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best. He is constantly evolving, contradictorily to the other players.He knows himself and he knows what he can do. What he does now is not what he did three or four years ago, and not what he will be doing in a few years from now,” said the 63-year-old.last_img