2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

2018 FIFA World Cup™ 

Portugal survive with dramatic draw

Portugal struggled to a 1-1 draw against Iran in Saransk, a result that leaves them on five points, just behind rivals Spain on goals scored. Iran finish with four points and are eliminated despite an encouraging performance, especially in the second half.

Ricardo Quaresma’s moment of brilliance just before half-time seemed to have been decisive for the Portuguese, but Karim Ansarifard scored a penalty deep in injury time after Cedric's handball.

Despite the lion’s share of possession and chances, it was a frustrating night for the European champions, who could have had an insurance goal earlier except captain Cristiano Ronaldo saw his penalty saved by Iranian goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Team reporter analysis
Siavash Rahmani with IR Iran [Follow: Twitter]
Iran did well to control Cristiano Ronaldo from the start, but Quaresma was the unlikely goal-scorer. They pushed forward in the second half and their offensive changes paid off in the dying moments, but they could not find the goal that would have given them the win and saw them advance.

Raquel Branco with Portugal [Follow: Twitter]
Portugal dominated at the start of the game, culminating in Quaresma's magical moment. But the second half was a struggle after the penalty miss, and Iran deserved their point. Portugal will be looking to improve against a dangerous Uruguay side.

Budweiser Man of the Match
The 34-year-old Ricardo Quaresma converted a patented trivela – a curling shot with the outside of the boot – from the edge of the penalty area from the wing for the opening goal.

The stat
20 - The number of penalties given at Russia 2018 after Ronaldo’s miss and Ansarifard's conversion. That is a new record, breaking the mark of 18 at three previous editions (1990, 1998 and 2002).

What's next
Uruguay v Portugal, 30 June, Sochi, Fisht Stadium
Iran are eliminated

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