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. "Not only in terms of the last match but his career as a whole". "We have to be very focused and intense in our play and, if we play like we can do, we will win".
Ronaldo had previously struggled at the World Cup but the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has flown out of the blocks in the 2018 edition so far. "(The Portuguese) have two feet, two legs and they are humans like us".
Former global 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.
On paper, it appears that two-time World Cup champion Uruguay should easily win the match in Rostov to move on to the round of 16 for the third consecutive tournament. We don't want to draw.
Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain also leaves them in an uncertain position, but although they remain favourites finish in the top two alongside their neighbours, Santos recognises the danger involved in Wednesday's meeting (Live on RTÉ2, 1pm).
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.
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Tehran's largest football stadium is to admit thousands of women together with men for the first time since the the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever grips Iran for its Wednesday evening group game against Spain.
The Morocco defender Nabil Dirar added: "Tomorrow will be a final for us, an important battle".
Fernando Santos will be looking to ensure his men maintain a stronger profile in the middle of the park, as they were out-muscled by the Moroccans far too many times.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Match-18 between Portugal vs Morocco is going to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
The Saudis´ preparations were jolted by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suffered a fire in one of its engines. Incidentally, that was also Morocco's first ever win at the tournament. His third goal in that game was also the first time he'd scored from direct free-kick in a major worldwide tournament, at the 45th attempt.