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We have weapons to beat Uruguay, says Portugal coach

We have weapons to beat Uruguay, says Portugal coach”

However, it was Ricardo Quaresma who cut in and played a one-two from that very wing, leaving Hajsafi flabbergasted and scored a handsome goal to give Portugal a lead at the brink of halftime.

Spain will next meet hosts Russian Federation at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Quaresma became Portugal's oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure after failing to add to his four-goal tally at the Mordovia Arena, suffering the same penalty misfortune as Lionel Messi earlier in the competition.

Those in charge of VAR called the incident to the referee's attention, but the Paraguayan official, Enrique Cáceres, did not feel there was motive to send Ronaldo off. Following a draw against Spain and a win against Morocco, Portugal only need a draw in order to book a ticket to the next round with Morocco already knocked out.

A controversial VAR penalty for Iran in stoppage-time then ensured a nervy few minutes for Ronaldo and co. before their place in the last-16 was finally confirmed. But when the ball fell to Mehdi Taremi inside the box, he could only drive his effort into the side netting.

"I think we did very well, we have achieved our goal and now we have to recover and think about the next match", said Quaresma.

La Roja top the group by virtue of picking up the least amount of yellow cards despite nearly falling to defeat to already-eliminated Morocco, only for Iago Aspas to rescue a last minute 2-2 draw for Fernando Hierro's side.

Carlos Queiroz's men relied mostly on counter attacks and while forward Sardar Azmoun showed plenty of glimpses of his talent, it was not enough to trouble the Portuguese.

"It's such a big disappointment for us", Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said. "There's no room for human mistakes, human mistakes was before, we accept that. We have our weapons and we're going to try to win". A few more goals against Iran would push Ronaldo into the lead and bolster the already sky-high confidence of the player ahead of a potential round of sixteen game against Uruguay or Russian Federation. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma's shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.



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