We will fight for our pride in the match against Portugal. There is a delay in the match as Rui Patricio seems to be shaken up. Portugal are currently headed for the knockout stages - and a match with Uruguay or Russia. Iran may go with the same ultra-defensive tactics that worked for a spell against Spain, and Portugal may feel obliged to push forward. Attempting to get in front of Morteza Pouraliganji, Ronaldo caught the Iranian in the face with a flailing arm.
Follow all football games live results, look up sports betting stats, learn about the team lineups of clubs and view the schedules of streamed football matches. Iran's World Cup is now over, while Portugal will face Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday evening 7pm kick-off as they bid to reach the quarter-finals. Ronaldo was perhaps fortunate not to be given a red card in the second half Portugal were given a penalty eight minutes after half-time when Ronaldo skipped past a pair of defenders and went down under a challenge from Saeid Ezatolahi. Iran only conceded two goals in all of World Cup qualifying and were excellent in defence against both Morocco and Spain, which suggest that this will be a tightly fought affair with minimal offensive flair. Hundreds of Iranian fans surrounded the hotel where Portugal's national team is based, making loud noises for several hours overnight in an attempt to disrupt their opponents' sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday. Spain have levelled almost immediately in the other game in this group whilst Morocco have a free kick in a dangerous position. For both to go through, Spain would have to lose and lose big.
But perhaps the most controversial decision came in second-half stoppage time and resulted in Iran's penalty. Regista-te no clube de fãs da Seleção e descobre todos os dias mais fotos e conteúdos exclusivos da equipa: — Portugal selecaoportugal The key to Iran securing qualification will be stopping Portugal captain and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Iran and Portugal draw at 1 all and see you in Qatar 2022! Azmoun nearly gets a boot to a loose pass in the opposition box, but goes down under pressure from Carvalho and Pepe clears. Portugal, who were top of the group going into injury-time, survived a chaotic climax and must now re-focus ahead of their knock-out clash in Sochi on Saturday. Even after Karim Ansarifard had scored Iran's controversial penalty, winger Mehdi Taremi could have won the game with a chance in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but he hit the side-netting with his effort from inside the penalty box. Portugal have relied on Cristiano Ronaldo for all of their goals so far and that will have to change at some stage, should they want to go all the way.
Professional Team and Athlete representation. Will he be able to mastermind a defeat of his fellow countrymen in Saransk today? Matthew Harris: One bad referee and suddenly all is lost? After watching replays at the side of the pitch, Caceres decided a booking was sufficient. With Spain and Morocco locked at 1-1 in Kaliningrad, Portugal are currently in the driving seat in Group B as it stands. The Iranians beat Morocco on matchday 1 and almost held Spain to a 0-0 draw on matchday 2 only to succumb to a 1-0 defeat. He gets bundled to ground by Fonte in the Portugal box, but the referee waves his call away. The ball is crossed the top of the box but the shot by Vahid Amiri is well wide left of goal. He studies for a moment, returns - and gives the penalty! Team News Fernando Santos is unlikely to deviate from the formula that has brought Portugal four points, especially with just a point needed to progress.
Portugal still have the lead but they've not come close to an equaliser really since Ronaldo's penalty. Assuming they can accomplish that feat, Iran need a victory to keep their World Cup dream alive, and they have shown plenty in their outings to suggest they are capable of springing an upset. With four goals already under his belt, Ronaldo may now have an eye on the golden boot. Iran have six minutes to find a goal and pray that Morocco can get another against Spain. Date: Monday, June 25 Time: 7 p. We need to know who is really refereeing the game. Not perfect; but still a big improvement.
It wasn't the finest of strikes but full credit to the keeper who has been lacking in confidence at the back. And Cedric was shown a yellow card just after the whistle had blown. Iran and Portugal draw at 1 all and see you in Qatar 2022! We also created some scoring chances but lacked the cutting edge. A lovely break from Iran, formed out of a counter-attack, sees Jahanbakhsh sail down the right wing, before he cuts in to the edge of the box and squares it to the left winger whose finishing shot is poor, skewing wide by around 10 yards. Portugal has had more of the offensive chances in the match but haven't really taken advantage of that aside from the goal by Quaresma. Ricardo Quaresma's sublime effort before half-time put Portugal in front Portugal reached the last 16 of the World Cup as Group B runners-up after a controversial 1-1 draw with Iran in Saransk.
Iran have grown into this game defensively; they check the stride of the Portugal man and regain the ball. Charlie Nicholas' prediction There's top spot to play for in this game for Portugal but it's more than just that for Cristiano Ronaldo. The penalty is emphatically put away and now Iran face the most important few minutes of football in their history. Quaresma scored an outrageous outside his foot goal just before half-time. Saransk police said they received their first calls about the noise about 11 p. He would have seen what Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane did in their last matches and we all know about the individual ego and his quality.
Queiroz had to be spoken to by the referee both for encroaching on the pitch and for his complaints at the referee's decisions. But Santos' men are a canny and experienced bunch, meaning they are unlikely to leave too much space at the back. This is discouraged and will be removed in upcoming major release. The latter face already eliminated Morocco concurrently in Kaliningrad tonight, and are favourites to prevail, leaving the former's tie with Iran - who sit third on three points - as effectively a straight shoot-out for the final qualification berth for the knockout stages. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. It's a 35-yard effort from the Portugal captain, and a relatively straight one too, put straight to Beiranvand who stops it easily enough. The 3-3 draw against rivals Spain was perhaps the most exciting game at the World Cup.
But Portugal manager coach Fernando Santos played down the incident. And there was further drama when Taremi looked certain to score the winner that would have taken Iran through a minute later, but hit the side netting from six yards instead of scoring what would have been the most famous goal in his nation's history. Portugal Predicted Starting Eleven 4-4-2 Rui Patricio — Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro —Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes — Cristiano Ronaldo, Guedes. Iran lost as many as six and drew just one of last seven clashes against the European opposition at the World Cup. Against Morocco, on matchday 2, Portugal collected the three points, but it was perhaps the most boring display of football throughout the tournament. Rubin Kazan forward Azmoun has not scored at the World Cup so far but with 23 goals in 35 international appearances, it is only a matter of time.
Iran vs Portugal Predictions from Statistical Analysis, ©LeagueLane®. Both sides have started with sparky intent in Saransk, with Mordovia Arena conjuring the atmosphere of a red-hot cauldron. The corner kick is taken at the left corner by Ricardo Quaresma but is headed clear by Iran and out for another corner. None is forthcoming and instead, Portugal get a corner. What looks like an easy enough win for Portugal on paper will surely be one of the toughest games they will experience at this World Cup. All of this is true, but Portugal tend to get the job done.