Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Portugal - World Cup - 25 June 2018

Portugal fans They may have to suffer a bit but these Portugal fans should be celebrating a spot in the Last 16 come 9pm on Monday
Lora Ball | 26 June, 2018, 01:15

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal's goals so far in the tournament, although Santos rejected suggestions the team is overly reliant on the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

On the other side, Iran, Asia's number one team, benefited from a late own goal by Morocco to get their World Cup off to a winning start in Saint Petersburg before losing 0-1 to Spain in a hard-fought battle.

Iranian football fans have spent several hours overnight outside the Portugal team's hotel in Russian Federation making noise in an attempt to prevent the players from sleeping. Just a day before the final group match between Iran and Portugal, Iranian fans gathered and sang all night to keep him awake.

Iran were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres used the video assistant referee (VAR) system to rule that Portugal's Cedric Soares had handled the ball in the box.

45' GOAL! Iran 0-1 Portugal: What a brilliant goal from Queresma!

How will Portugal line up against Iran?

Iran coach Carlos Quieroz took aim at VAR as he prepares for an all-or-nothing World Cup game against his native country Portugal on Monday evening.

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The Saudis got another chance from the spot in stoppage time on a questionable foul call on Ali Gabr, though, and they converted. Saudi Arabia will be targeting their first World Cup victory since 1994 when they face off against Egypt on Monday evening.

Portugal have made three changes for this one. Fans of the Iran national team, which takes on Portugal in a win-or-go-home match on Monday, apparently, do not. Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, is destined to pose a strong threat to the Iranian defence and the onus will be on the 25-year-old goalkeeper to save Iran's blushes.

This goal from Quaresma proved to be enough for Portugal to earn the point.

Portugal have relied heavily on Ronaldo so far in Russian Federation.

Spain and Portugal remain favourites to qualify from Group B but as both are only a point above Iran nothing is settled.

Team Melli striker Sardar Azmoun has played his club football in Russian Federation since 2013 and previous year rejoined Rubin Kazan for a second spell. His goal against Morocco made him Europe's all-time leading scorer in global matches.

The match will be telecast on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3.

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