But his plans were torn apart within minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium as Ronaldo wriggled free of the imposing Da Costa to bury an unstoppable header past a helpless Monir El Kajoui.
"We qualified for a World Cup after 20 years and we've showed that we can play football", he said. "A coach who loses is never right", he said.
Neither of these teams can afford to walk away from this game with zero points if they hope to advance.
Iran have three points after pipping Morocco 1-0 in their opening group game.
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.
Morocco end their World Cup campaign against Spain on June 25, looking to sign out of Russian Federation with at least a goal to their name. Salah scored a consolation penalty late on but it was not enough for the Pharaohs.
Things went a little better for Phil Mickelson at the 13th hole Sunday than on Saturday, prompting this show of celebration. I know it's a two-shot penalty. 'At that time, I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over.
Will changed his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated in June 2016, the day after House Speaker Paul D. Republican lawmakers searching for a compromise to stop the practice of separating parents and children at the U.S.
The next night on Raw , Rousey destroyed Bliss during her championship celebration, and dropped the champ through a table. The Rowdy One used a judo toss on Angle and used the MITB briefcase to attack both the RAW General Manager and Bliss.
Last night Mrs May delivered a direct warning to backbench Tory MPs that any defeats would encourage Brussels to turn the screw. She gave them a personal assurance that MPs and peers will be given a say in the final stages of the withdrawal negotiations.
The public is getting its first look at what the conditions are like inside an old warehouse in South Texas where the U.S. Trump is standing by his decision, and Republicans have previously denied ownership of this separation policy.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's bust at Madeira Airport , which gained worldwide attention previous year has been replaced. Soon the monument was replaced, and the new set when Ronaldo scored three goals against Spain at the world Cup in 2018.
His mentor, Rocky Balboa, advises him to reconsider fighting, indicating that Creed's opponent may be too unsafe . After the huge success of the first Creed film, which saw Adonis Creed - played by the excellent Michael B.
It was a momentous day for Luis Suarez - the forward earned his 100th cap for Uruguay and he crowned the occasion with a goal . Uruguay beat a 48-year curse of failing to win a World Cup finals opener on Friday, but needed an 89th-minute header to do so.
Critics say this sends a message that the administration turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in some parts of the world. Republicans have long criticized the council and called for American withdrawal given its critical stances toward Israel.
Future Hall of Famer Dwight Howard keeps getting traded
Both Atlanta and Charlotte decided they needed to move on from him as soon as new general managers took over those franchises. Howard could even be bought out by the Nets, though that has not been publicly broached to this point.
Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official
Mitrović is taking part in his first ever World Cup and will be eager to open his account with a goal against Costa Rica . The top job fell into the hands of Mladen Krstajic, who did feature the young midfielder in Serbia's preparatory friendly.
Spurs' Leonard wants trade to LA
Multiple outlets reported last week that Leonard wants out of San Antonio and is determined to play elsewhere. A host of teams - including LA Lakers and LA Clippers - are understood to be interested in Leonard.
YouTube tunes in to the world of streaming
YouTube Music Premium , as that is called, is £10 a month, though you can get three months free for a limited time. That's on top of the £12 fee for Google Play Music/YouTube Music (if you already had GPM you get YTM by default).
Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 1.1 percent at the close of trading and other major indexes posted losses as well. As Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics notes, a large share of China's exports are for USA companies that sell products here at home.