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.
Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in the second match of their World Cup campaign on Wednesday, a result which should be enough to see them through to the round of 16 with one group match left to play, against Iran. "We lost control of the game, we misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence".
Morocco coach Herve Renard is expecting Portugal to give his side a tougher game than they had against Iran.
It was far from a convincing Portuguese display and Santos admitted nerves played a factor, insisting they can not overlook Iran in their final group game on June 25.
Ronaldo has now scored Portugal's last five goals in the World Cup, dating back to the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and now is the second leading global goalscorer of all time.
"We have to look at this and we have to talk about it", Portugal coach Santos said.More news: England Fan Braves Stormy Seas, Stormier Politics to Reach World Cup
- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).
Cristiano Ronaldo, the beastly goal-scoring machine strikes again in the fourth minute.
Senegal remain the only side to have won after the first round of matches. "We knew Morocco would be giving their all".
Minutes later and Khalid Boutaib should've done better other than to shoot over the crossbar and as the game entered the final minutes there was only one team in it - but the score revealed a different story.
It was far from a convincing performance, but manager Fernando Santos and Co. came away with their first win at the World Cup and now sit in the drivers' seat in Group B.
Its clearest shooting chances fell to a defender, Benatia, who could not keep them on target.
At an age when most players are winding down, Ronaldo is flourishing, defying his advancing years by becoming even more prolific as he gets older.