Portugal through after dramatic Iran draw


If, somehow, things are still tied by some freakish happenstance after even that, there's only one thing left to do- the drawing of lots. And he wasn't just turning to the side to catch a reflection of himself. The lucky one goes through.

They were doomed from the start following Mohamed Salah's Champions League final injury, and things just never happened for them against Uruguay and Russian Federation.

Iran coach Queiroz, who worked with him at Manchester United and with the national team, has called Portugal "Cristiano Rolando and a group of players who run after him".

Portugal will face Uruguay in Sochi on July 30 for a place in the quarter-finals after ending Iran's hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.

A battling Morocco have played with energy and goal, but a lack of finishing left them with nothing more to show for their effort than a pair of 1-0 losses to Portugal and Iran.

Spain was hold to a 2-2 draw by Morocco but advanced to the next stage as the victor. Given a chance to put his side two goals clear, the Real Madrid star failed to score, as Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand made a fine save.

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

Were the clash to end as a draw, first place would be decided on the number of cards received due to identical records elsewhere. If Denmark lose, Australia could pip them on goal difference or goals scored if they beat Peru. They don't allow the others to rest.

Peru have been eliminated but will finish third with a win.

Croatia are through. Argentina, Iceland or Nigeria could all join them in the next round.

We know our two qualifiers from Group G, but who will finish top?

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A draw in that game would see both go through.

Argentina need to win against Nigeria on Tuesday and hope Iceland do not beat Croatia, who have already qualified. The question for all four countries is whether they will win their group or advance as the runner-up.

Saudi Arabia have finished bottom of their group at their past three World Cups. The only thing that's certain is that Costa Rica is out.

Spain, which was minutes away from elimination, ended up topping the group with that last-minute goal. Mexico are in the box-seat with six points - a point against Sweden and they are through. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points.

South Korea is all but out.

"They always want to win, they want to be the best and they refuse to fail - and when they fail they get very upset".

Iran's first genuine sight of goal came on 34 minutes when Ezatolahi directed a firm header from a free-kick straight into the grateful hands of Rui Patricio.

The victor of Group F will meet the runner-up in Group E.

England and Belgium will battle it out for group honours on Thursday after a 6-1 victory against Panama saw Gareth Southgate's men make it two wins from as many matches. Belgium now have three yellow cards to England's two, meaning this could be a battle of discipline more than anything.

The west Africans and Japan are both in control of their destiny following a 2-2 draw in Yekaterinburg that left both nations on four points.

Japan are favourites at 81 per cent, Colombia 61 per cent and Senegal 58 per cent despite needing just a draw.