Portugal held to 1-1 draw by Iran in dramatic fashion

Portugal vs. Iran - 6/25/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The result saw Portugal progress to the last 16, but it was a bad night for Ronaldo, who had a 53rd-minute penalty saved and might have been sent off for a late elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji, for which he was booked following a VAR review. Spain got the point it needed when Iago Aspas flicked in a Dani Alves cross in stoppage time.

Eligible for the knockout stage are Spain, Portugal and Iran.

"Obviously we can improve and there are things that definitely need to be worked on". Entering the final matchday, both teams are +1, so whichever team's margin of victory is higher would win Group B. If the goal differentials are identical, then it comes down to goals scored in group play-entering the final matchday, both teams are level. It followed 1-0 losses to Iran and Portugal.

If Iran defeats Portugal in its final game, it will advance.

"I wasn't concerned (by the three VAR decisions)", Santos added. "But now we need to be very demanding with ourselves and have clearly in mind that if we concede goals so easily, it will be very hard to reach our ultimate goal".

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Portugal will face the more daunting task of facing Uruguay in Sochi after the concession of a controversial late penalty relegated them to second.

"It's such a big disappointment for us", Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said. "But despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged on top and we must look at that silver lining and think positively", Hierro told a news conference.

They dominated possession, playing nearly three times the number of passes than their Asian opponents, and were more intent on creating chances through the midfield rather than just directing long balls towards Ronaldo. If not, there's a major mistake. We suffered, like any other team who takes on Spain.

On the stroke of halftime, Quaresma, making his World Cup debut at the age of 34, played a one-two with Adrien Silva to cut in from the right flank and curled the ball past the outstretched hands of Beiranvand with the outside of his boot.

Portugal and Spain are the two best teams in the world but we presented our team at the World Cup very well.

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