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Iran contest not all about Ronaldo, insists Santos

Iran contest not all about Ronaldo, insists Santos

"I don't think we can start second guessing or speculating about what Morocco are going to do", said Hierro.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Cristiano Ronaldo was right to be upset following Portugal's 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday.

With a 1-1 tie against Iran, Portugal secured itself a spot in the Knockout Stage. However it was not a cakewalk for Portugal, as Morocco owned the statistical part of the match, out possessing Portugal 54%-46% and outshooting the Portuguese 16-10 and 4-2 in terms of shots on goal.

Ronaldo against Spain was one of the all-time great individual World Cup performances, single-handedly nicking a point from an opposition that had collectively outclassed them.

What can happen? Belgium play England on Thursday night with the victor taking the top spot.

Queiroz admitted it would be "a special day" facing his homeland but said friendships would be put to one side as he bids to make history with Iran.

Russian Federation and Uruguay ahead of their final group "A" clash have both booked their places at the knockout stage, whereas Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on their way home, having failed to win any of their two games.

Reportedly, Queiroz did not get along with Ronaldo, the very player who will now be the focus of his defensive scheme. "We're not doing the calculations, we've never done them", said Cherchesov. A similar situation awaits CR7 as the venue for the Iran game, Saransk, is already brimming with Iranian fans.

"Greater number of points obtained regarding fair play conduct (yellow cards = -1, indirect red card (as a result of a second yellow card) = -3, direct red card = -4, yellow card and direct red = -5, with only one of the deductions applied to a player in a single game)", Federation Internationale de Football Association explains the Fair Play rule.

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"This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he's had a very hard time in the past days".

"I think Iran, without any doubt, with the discipline, with the attitude, with the way we controlled the game, if there was some justice in football - which doesn't exist - only one victor would have come out in this game".

It evoked memories of the chilling murder of Colombia player Andres Escobar, who was killed after his own goal led to defeat to the United States in the 1994 World Cup and Colombia's elimination from the tournament.

You may have already pencilled in just which soccer matches you are going to be watching today, however there are two matches that are going to be worth watching, and they are the ones in which Spain are playing and also the one in which Portugal are playing too.

Japan just need a draw against Poland on Thursday to guarantee progression, and they'll be joined in the next round by the victor of Colombia v Senegal.

See a complete breakdown of Group B below.

Russian Federation and Uruguay are already both through to the next round, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia's races are run.

Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El Hadary smiles during a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 23, 2018. In Group E, Brazil and Switzerland both have four points, while Serbia have three points.


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