"Our expectation is to continue our work and try to improve in the group phase," Ronaldo said after his fourth-minute strike decided a hard-fought encounter in Moscow.
"We're almost there (knockout stages) and then we'll see. We'll take things match after match. We will try to come first in the group."
"We knew if we lost we could be out," Ronaldo said. "We knew Morocco would be giving their all.
"It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong," he added.
"I managed to score a goal, it was great for me."
Morocco altered their tactics from their 1-0 loss to Iran, deploying a back four to try and counter the threat of Ronaldo following his hat-trick against Spain in the opening game.
But Herve Renard's plans were torn apart within minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium as Ronaldo wriggled free of the imposing Manuel Da Costa to bury an unstoppable header.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is like a port wine, he changes as he ages," said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
"He's constantly evolving, unlike regular players he's always evolving.
"He won't be doing the same thing in two or three years and he's not doing what he did four or five years ago. He knows himself well and what he needs to do."
- 'Anxiety' -
It was far from a convincing Portuguese display and Santos admitted nerves played a factor, insisting they cannot overlook Iran in their final group game on June 25.
"We did well defensively, but we need more than that. We have to continue pushing forward and have to change certain things and get more of the ball."
"Nothing is set in stone," he added.
"The important thing is the Iran game. Our first aim is to get out the group stage because there are very unpredictable results. Only then do you focus on the next stage which is all or nothing as a knockout." For Morocco, a second successive defeat condemned them to an early exit in their first World Cup appearance since 1998.
"I'm not disappointed about the performance," Renard said.
"I'm very happy with the performance. I'm very proud of my players, very proud of this country, very proud of everybody."
"We played an attacking style against a team that excels on the counter so you have to task risks," he added.
"We took a lot but we weren't rewarded."
Renard said Morocco will attempt to bow out with "flying colours" against Spain next Monday, as he reflected fondly on his time in charge of the Atlas Lions.
"Two years ago we started a new journey, we were ranked 81st. I think we are ranked 41st now." said the Frenchman, who took over in February 2016.
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