Portugal & Iran battle it out for place in the last 16

Jun 26, 2018, 03:46
Portugal & Iran battle it out for place in the last 16

Who is through and who is out?

Carlos Queiroz's side were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Spain in their last match, ultimately being defeated by a deflected Diego Costa.

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Uruguay will take on Russian Federation in Group A at Samara Arena at 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT). They will now face hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16 on July 1.

Spain face winless Morocco with a point needed to guarantee progress.

It was a blow for Spain, but with Portugal still leading Iran, it wasn't a fatal one.

That's how things finished as the pair played out thrilling draws in their final games, with Spain drawing 2-2 with Morocco thanks to an injury-time equalizer, and Portugal drawing 1-1 against a plucky Iran.

France are through to the next round having picked up six points, while Peru are off home.

Needing at least a draw against Morocco to advance to the knockout stage without relying on other results, Spain looked in danger of bowing out after Yousseff En-Nesyri's 81st-minute header here.

Croatia are through, but nobody is out just yet. He also is the world's active leader in global goals with 85 and showing little sign of slowing at the age of 33, leading Portugal coach Fernando Santos to compare his superstar forward to port wine.

Nobody is through yet.

A minute later Team Melli came close to sealing their first spot in the last 16 and knocking out their much-fancied opponents but Mehdi Taremi could only hit the side-netting from close range. "If Sweden loses, it could back in only if it loses by one goal in a higher scoring game, like 3-2, and South Korea beats Germany narrowly". Australia must win to stand a chance, but surely fear that France and Denmark will play out a tepid draw like the Disgrace of Gijón.

Despite two losses South Korea still have a slim chance of advancing but they would need to beat Germany and hope both that Sweden lose to Mexico and that the goal difference goes their way.

Iran fans camped outside the Portugal team's hotel in Saransk making loud noises ahead of their World Cup game.

England and Belgium are through, Panama and Tunisia are out. The victor will top the group, while the loser will finish second, but a draw could make things quite interesting.

With Spain playing against Morocco and Iran facing Portugal and both of the group's spots in the round of 16 up for grabs, the matches went down to the wire. Belgium now have three yellow cards to England's two, meaning this could be a battle of discipline more than anything.

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