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Dark horses, the pain for Spain and VAR

26 June, 2018, 16:03 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Iago Aspas’ decisive stoppage-time goal was ruled out before VAR intervened

Portugal are through to the last 16 of World Cup 2018, although not without an almighty fright at the end of a nerve-shredding match for Seleção fans in Saransk tonight.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty before Portugal conceded an injury-time spot-kick in their 1-1 draw with Iran to set up the last-16 clash with Group B victor Uruguay. Read the ratings for the Seleção players. The previous holder of the record for Portugal was Cristiano Ronaldo (33 years, 135 days), when he scored the victor against Morocco.

A draw will be enough for Portugal to qualify for the group stages, while Iran will qualify with a win. Pique, meanwhile, risked a red card with a two-footed lunge in the opening 10 minutes of the game that fortunately made no contact with Boutaib. Cacares gestured to the spot for the record 20th penalty kick of the World Cup, and Karim Ansarifard converted in the third minute of stoppage time to give Iran a 1-1 draw.

The role of VAR goes a long way to explaining this trend, with seven penalties so far being awarded following a video review and VAR has also confirmed referees' decisions on the field on several occasions.

It looked for all the world as though Spain would have to settle for second in the group, but Aspas' late goal was eventually allowed after VAR ruled he was onside when he turned home from a corner. Portugal meanwhile have a trickier clash against the Uruguayans.

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We will fight for our pride in the match against Portugal. Quaresma is the oldest player to score on his first World Cup start since 2006. Their final match will determine who tops the group.

El Hadary, who is 45 years and 161 days old, smashed the record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.

Hosts Russia and Uruguay have both qualified with two wins apiece ahead of their meeting on Monday which will decide top spot.

"Obviously, the first few matches you're tense and don't want to make any mistakes or lose", said man-of the-match Suarez. Al Dawsari knocked the victor in off the post with the last kick of the game, to send Mo Salah and Egypt home with its third loss in three games. The South American side has played some good football, but lacked the finishing in the first two games to get anything.

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