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VAR drama as Portugal and Spain reach World Cup last 16

VAR drama as Portugal and Spain reach World Cup last 16”

93rd minute - Saransk: Seconds later, Iran's Karim Ansarifard levels with an audacious penalty finish that bulges the roof of Rui Patricio's net.

While the match did not mean much to the group, the two teams were battling for pride.

A draw will be enough to guarantee Portugal progress, though Iran can qualify for the second round for the first time if they can beat Portugal.

Going into the last round of World Cup group fixtures, here's how the qualifying situation stands in each of the eight groups.

Ronaldo's penalty was the 19th of the 2018 World Cup, already a new record for the quadrennial contest.

Uruguay are to face European champions Portugal Sochi at 1am on Sunday (Thailand time) while Russian Federation now are set to play Fernando Hierro's Spain, the 2010 world champions, at 9pm on Sunday in Moscow.

91st minute - Kaliningrad: Spain's Aspas equalises from close range with a back-heel flick that's initially ruled offside before VAR determines the substitute was played onside by Morocco midfielder Mbark Boussoufa.

Spain drew 2-2 with Morocco to top Group B thanks to a late Iago Aspas equaliser that was referred to the video assistant referee and Iran held Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to a 1-1 draw.

Tonight he saved a penalty against Cristiano Ronaldo on the biggest stage of them all. Their final match will determine who tops the group.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player at a World Cup.

England head into the Belgium match joint-top of Group G alongside their next opponents, on the same points and the same goal difference.

Much had been made of the fact Ronaldo hadn't netted from a set-piece in ages going into this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

"Obviously, the first few matches you're tense and don't want to make any mistakes or lose", said man-of the-match Suarez. While both were rampant in that game, scoring three apiece, their defensive frailties were on display. 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.

Roldan gave the Saudis two spot-kicks in the game, the first for Ali Gabr's alleged tug on Al-Muwallad. It was soft, and went to VAR, but Roldan stuck to his guns and - rightly or wrongly - his original decision anyway.



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