• Spain, Portugal qualify after dramatic games as Ronaldo misses penalty

      June 26, 2018    

    Iran drew with Portugal 1-1; while Spain narrowly escaped defeat against MoroccoPortugal qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite being held 1-1 by Iran in World Cup Group B on Monday after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.

    The European champions, needing a draw to qualify, went ahead with a stunning Ricardo Quaresma goal in the 45th minute.

    Ronaldo had a chance to extend the lead when he won a penalty in the 51st minute but Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand dived to his left to save his effort from the spot.

    Meanwhile, Spain snatched a 2-2 draw against Morocco on Monday to qualify for the last 16 and take top spot in Group B ahead of Portugal on goals scored.

    Morocco striker Khalid Boutaib gave the north African side a shock early lead but Isco levelled, blasting high into the net after a layoff from Andres Iniesta.

    Morocco, already eliminated, struck again in the 81st minute when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri crashed in a header which looked set to inflict a first defeat on Spain since Euro 2016.

    But substitute Iago Aspas levelled in stoppage-time after consultation from the video assistant referee (VAR), putting Spain top ahead of Portugal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran.

    Spain will play Russia in the last 16, while Portugal will take on Uruguay.


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