"He does not have the ghosts of previous World Cups - such as Diego Maradona - weighing him down".
Croatia secured three points in a 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game but enter the match under a cloud.
Lionel Messi may be heading home early from the World Cup after flops on the pitch for Argentina yet he will remain a ubiquitous presence in Russian Federation and around the world as the face of dozens of brand marketing campaigns.
Emmanuel Petit, who played for Barcelona in 2000/01 as a midfielder, wanted to compare Messi's showing for his country with his club form at Camp Nou.
"We´re nearly there (knockout stages) and then we´ll see".
"It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong", he added.
The result left Portugal with four points from two matches.
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Both teams struggled to find any penetration in the first half, with Iceland only coming alive in the final couple of minutes. He completed his brace few minutes later, after controlling a long pass and striding into the area to finish confidently.
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It took just four minutes on Wednesday afternoon for the maestro to head home his side's opening goal in that fashion, and to herald what could be the death knell for the Moroccans.
Morocco boss Herve Renard had warned of the challenge in shutting down Ronaldo, but despite fortifying his defence the Portugal captain made the decisive breakthrough.
"You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those".
Neymar of Brazil reacts to a missed chance during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
"I can say one thing; you can only win the European championship and the World Cup by playing well; the concept of what is pretty or not, is something else".
Away from the football, Burger King has apologized for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup. We started to push higher after 15 minutes.
Shearer said: "If he's not already under enough pressure, there's absolutely no doubt that he would have sat and watched Ronaldo score a hat-trick and already there's more pressure on him".