What a crazy, crazy game that was. Spain go through as group winners, with Portugal just about through to the last 16. The referee lost control in the second half. VAR hasn't been used very well. Ronaldo might have been shown a red card and there were questions over the penalty kick as well. Wow.
- 2nd Half
- Ansarifard (P)90'
- João MárioMoutinho84'
- Cristiano Ronaldo83'
- 1st Half
Iran - Portugal
World Cup - 25 June 2018
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Iran 1-1 Portugal. PORTUGAL GO THROUGH!
This game has descended into utter madness. Iran are giving this a real go now, but is it too late for them? The game has finished between Morocco and Spain. It's all down to this now.
THAT WAS THE CHANCE! Oh my goodness! That was the opportunity for Iran to score a winner and qualify for the last 16! Ebrahimi was played through, the angle was tight, but he could only find the side-netting!
SPAIN HAVE EQUALISED! Well, combined with the goal for Iran, Spain have also scored an equaliser through Aspas and now Spain will finish top of Group B if things stay this way!
- Goal by penaltyKarim AnsarifardIran
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Iran 1 (93 mins - Karim Ansarifard) Portugal 2. What a penalty kick! Iran have given themselves a chance in this match. Ansarifard steps up to the 12 yard mark and puts his effort into the top corner of the Portuguese net.
PENALTY KICK TO IRAN! Sensationally, Iran have now been awarded a penalty kick for a handball.
VAR REVIEW! Well, this is very confusing. There wasn't even a consideration of a penalty at the time, but now the referee, after a solid two minutes, has been told to have a look at this.
Queiroz is very nearly on the pitch again and Pepe is actually pointing this out to the referee. The referee has lost control of this game in the second half. It's been madness.
Fonte was going to head up from the back as Portugal won a freekick, but Santos told the former Southampton centre back to stay in his own half. That tells you a lot about the approach now.
This could be the commentator's curse for Portugal, but I just don't see how Iran can mount a comeback here. They look finished. They just can't get out of their own half.
The Iran players are still complaining that Ronaldo wasn't shown a red card for that incident a few moments ago. The yellow card seemed silly. Either it's an elbow or not.
There's still only one goal in this match, but there's no real suggestion that Iran can claw back that difference. They are camped deep inside their own half, forced to defend.
- Yellow cardCristiano RonaldoPortugal
Ronaldo gets away with one. His nervous smile suggests he knew he got away with one there.
While we're waiting for the VAR decision to be made on this Ronaldo incident, there's some news from the other game... Morocco have taken the lead once more against Spain! Incredible.
RONALDO VAR! Well, this could be a big blow to Portugal. Iran believe that Ronaldo threw an elbow at one of their players. The referee has been summoned to look at the VAR screen.
About 10 minutes there was the feeling that this match was coming to a climax, but Iran are sitting back again, allowing Portugal to have the ball. Will they come out and attack?
The scoreline in the game between Morocco and Spain is still tied at 1-1. With this result in mind, Portugal would finish top of Group B and face Russia in the round of 16.
SILVA OVER! The AC Milan striker won the ball in the centre of the pitch, he was under no pressure about 25 yards out, but Silva blasts his effort well over the target. Not even close.
Confusion. Iran believe that they should have been awarded a penalty for a foul inside the area. The referee suggested he was going to use VAR, then spoke to Queiroz to give him a warning.
INCHES WIDE! Wow, that was close to being an equaliser for Iran. Ghoddos took the shot from the edge of the box, Patricio was static, but the ball flashes wide of the near post.
- OffAlireza JahanbakhshIran
- OnSaman GhoddosIran
A change for Iran with the Swedish-born Ghoddos coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes.
Just a reminder that the scoreline in the other game in this group being played right now is 1-1 between Morocco and Spain. That would see Portugal finish as group winners.
Iran are starting to look a bit tired. They haven't been able to mount an attack for quite some time now. Have they missed their chance? Surely they will get one more opportunity.
- OffRicardo QuaresmaPortugal
- OnBernardo SilvaPortugal
Here comes a change for Portugal and it's Queresma who comes off. It's Bernardo who replaces him.
Might we see Guedes off the bench for Portugal to replace Queresma? He has been used as a 'false nine' at this tournament, but he is at his best when he is on the wing.
Portugal seem to have forgotten that they are winning here and as things stand they will be going through as group winners. There's a franticness to their performance after the penalty miss.
RONALDO WIDE! The Portugal captain was trying to create some space on the edge of the box for a shot, but the Iranian defenders stuck with him and in the end his shot is wide.
Queresma is such a talented player, but he has allowed the tension of this match to get to him. He is being drawn into a battle with some of the Iran players and he's already on a yellow.
- OffEhsan HajsafiIran
- OnMilad MohammadiIran
A few moments ago, Iran made a change with Mohammadi coming on for the final 30 minutes.
- Yellow cardRicardo QuaresmaPortugal
That was a reckless challenge from Queresma and he enters the book. Easy decision for the referee. No VAR needed.
So can Iran collect themselves to mount a comeback here? At the moment, they are playing with a lot of energy, but there's no real strategy or anything. They're all over the place.
Things beaten the two sets of players are getting a bit heated now. Tackles are flying in all over the place and players are hitting the ground. Silva is down on the turf now.
Iran now have a second wind and are forcing Portugal to do some defending of their own. That penalty could have killed the game, but instead it has cranked it up another level.
QUEIROZ OFF? Has the Iran manager been sent to the stands here for encroaching on the pitch? He's walking to the stands. Oh wait, now he's being ushered back. Who knows? This has all gotten a bit nuts.
- Yellow cardSardar AzmounIran
And now Azmoun has been shown a yellow card. The Iranian players are losing their cool here.
- Yellow cardEhsan HajsafiIran
Hajsafi was shown a yellow card for protesting the decision that led to the penalty kick.
PENALTY SAVED! Ronaldo steps up to the 12-yard mark, but his effort from the penalty spot is saved by Beiranvand. He guessed the right way and made the save from the Portugal forward.
PENALTY KICK TO PORTUGAL! The referee has used VAR to award Portugal a penalty kick for a foul on Ronaldo inside the box.
PENALTY CLAIM! The Portuguese number seven goes down inside the box and he was a spot kick for what he saw to be a foul. There was contact but the referee waved away the claim.
Will we see Iran be a bit more adventurous in this half given that they need at least one goal to make the last 16 of the tournament? Will they come out of their shell a little bit.
So as things stand it would be Spain and Portugal who go through from this group. Portugal would face Russia in the last 16 while Spain would be up against Uruguay. As things stand.
So Queresma's wonderful goal at the end of the first half separates the two teams. But in truth, there wasn't much between them in terms of chances in the opening 45 minutes.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Portugal have a 1-0 lead over Iran.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Iran 0-1 Portugal. Queresma's incredible goal of the tournament contender has broken the deadlock here and now Queiroz has to come up with a new game plan at the break.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
- GoalRicardo QuaresmaPortugal
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Iran 0 Portugal 1 (45 mins - Ricardo Queresma). What a brilliant goal from Queresma! Incredible! That is a classic World Cup goal. You know those outside of the boot crosses Queresma often tries? He has just curled one of them from just inside the box into the top corner.
Pepe is down on the ground and is implying that he was caught on his side by an Iranian attacker. But this might be a case of boy who cried wolf. Nobody, not even his teammates, seem to care.
Great defending from Ebrahimi. Ronaldo ran into the left hand channel and looked to be favourite to control a pass. But the Iranian midfielder did so well to shield him and the ball out.
QUERESMA OVER! That was a half chance for the Portuguese winger. There was a bit of zip to the build up play, but Queresma can only lob his finish well over the bar on the stretch.
Ronaldo throws his hands up in fustration. He broke at pace, passing inside to Carvalho. But his poor touch slows down the whole move and allows Iran to get back in numbers.
LONG WAY OUT! Ronaldo gets frustrated at the lack of opportunities and decides to take on a shot from about 25 yards out. It's a decent effort, but the goalkeeper makes the save.
This game is being drowned out by the vuvuzelas of the Iranian support. Honestly, it's deafening. I thought we had left these things behind at the 2010 World Cup? It would seem not.
Portugal started this game well, they had an early chance through Ronaldo and Mario, but they have since faded. They might actually be quite happy with a point from this game.
With 35 minutes played it's still all to play for in Group B. This game is tied at 0-0 and the other game between Morocco and Spain is also tied at 1-1. There's a lot of tension in these two matches.
IRAN HEADER! Decent effort from Ezatolahi, who glances a header towards goal from a freekick delivery into the box. But it was straight at Patricio who can make the simple save.
Iran have grown in confidence as this half has progressed, especially on the rapid counter attack. This time they have a chance from a freekick. They must make the most of this.
- Yellow cardRaphaël GuerreiroPortugal
Guerreiro is shown a yellow card for a late, lunging tackle on Jahanbakhsh!
We know how you feel....
CLASH OF HEADS! Both Azmoun and Fonte are going to need a moment here to gather themselves after clashing heads as they challenged for the same ball from a corner.
Portugal are a reactive team. They thrive when they are the ones who can sit deep and then strike out on the rapid counter attack. Iran aren't allowing them to do that here.
The problem for Portugal is that there is very little space in behind the Iran defence for them to exploit. It means they are knocking the ball around midfield with no real cutting edge.
Portugal have been on top, they have controlled the majority of the game, but they have only mustered one shot on target and that was from Ronaldo very early on in the match.
We understand if you want to keep tabs along with the Morocco-Spain game along with this one. Sounds like that's where all the entertainment is this evening. Another Morocco chance.
Patricio is down receiving some treatment after a clash with an Iranian player. He took a boot to the top of the heat and the Portugal medical staff are tending to the goalkeeper.
REZAEIAN OVER! Iran win a freekick about 25 yards out form goal. Rezaeian was given the big build up, but he curls the effort over the target. Patricio was worried about that.
SPAIN HAVE EQUALISED! Another piece of news from the other game in this group and Spain have scored an equaliser through Isco. Now, it's Spain who are on top of Group B again.
Portugal look much more comfortable with Silva as the focal point of their attack as opposed to Guedes. He just didn't work as a 'false nine' against Spain and Morocco.
So here's the scenario - if Iran beat Portugal here, and Spain lose to Morocco as is currently happening, then Iran and Portugal would progress from this Group B. Permutations.
RONALDO FREEKICK! The Portuguese number seven smashes the freekick into the wall and he's arguing that it struck an Iranian player's arm. It did, but was it in an unnatural position?
NEWS FROM THE OTHER GAME! Well, this could be a turn up for the books. Morocco have taken an early lead against Spain. As things stand, Portugal and Spain would still go through.
FUMBLE! Oh wow, that had been coming. Beiranvand comes for a cross and drops it. Fortunately for him there is nobody in a red and green shirt waiting to take advantage. He's been dreadful so far.
Beiranvand doesn't look too comfortable with the number of crosses he is having to deal with. That's a couple of times that the Iranian goalkeeper has flapped at a delivery. Yikes.
Portugal have started the match the better of the two teams. They have seen more of the ball and are getting into more dangerous areas. But Iran look potent on the counter attack.
MARIO OVER! The Portuguese midfielder should have done better with that. There was a mix-up between the goalkeeper and the defender, but Mario scoops over from 12 yards out.
Of course, there's another game in this group being played at the same time. Morocco are up against Spain. We'll be keeping an eye on that one as the night goes on. Interesting dynamic.
IRAN COUNTER ATTACK! The Iranians come flying forward on the counter attack with the ball played to the edge of the box. Amiri meets it on the run, but he skews his effort well wide. Not even close.
Silva is flattened at the byline, but the referee awards the goal kick. The Portuguese forward is aghast at that decision and with good reason. That was a clear foul on him.
Not much was expected of this Portuguese side in the build up to this World Cup, but they are the European champions and they play in the same way they did two years ago with many of the same players.
RONALDO SHOT ON GOAL! First sight of the target for the Portuguese number seven. He drives into the box and gets the snap-shot away, but Beiranvand makes the stop at the near post.
Queiroz is the manager of Iran and he faces the team he coached at the 2010 World Cup. Queiroz and Ronaldo didn't get on well back then and so there's a storyline there.
The task for Iran is a straightforward, if not a simple, one. They must beat Portugal if they are to make the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time. That will be a tall order.
- 1st Half
The match is under way in Saransk! It's Iran against Portugal in this World Cup clash.
Guedes has dropped out of the Portuguese lineup for this game. He wasn't that effective as a false nine in the first two games and so Silva has been brought in to provide more threat.
Iran will need to show more of a cutting edge against Portugal than they did against Spain. That was the one thing that cost them against the 2010 World Cup winners a few days ago.
Ronaldo has been on fire at this World Cup so far. He has four goals from two group games. The Real Madrid forward looks very sharp and he could grab a couple more tonight.
Iran have been one of the surprise packages of this tournament so far. They beat Egypt in their opening game and then put up a real fight against Spain. They could spring a surprise here.
The big team news for Portugal is that Silva has come into the starting lineup for this match. The AC Milan striker scored nine goals for the Selecao over the course of qualifying.
TEAM NEWS: Iran - Haji, Safi, Ezatolahi, Pouraliganji, Omid, Amiri, Mehdi, Jahanbakhsh, Hosseini, Azmoun, Ramin. /// Portugal - Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Adrien, Mario, Queresma, Ronaldo, Silva.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts ahead of the game. Can Iran cause an upset here? Or will Portugal see them off with ease? Tweet me!
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