IR Iran keep dream alive until very last moment

IR Iran keep dream alive until very last moment

IR Iran keep dream alive until very last moment

It was memorable for more than just his appearance, however: the Al Taawoun glovesman also saved a first-half penalty from Saudi Arabia's Fahad Al-Muwallad, making him only the fourth goalkeeper to save a spot-kick on his World Cup debut (see also: Hannes Halldorsson, Iceland; Tony Meola, USA and Ramon Quiroga, Peru).

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.

The throngs of noisy fans were allegedly there in a bid to ruin the Portuguese team's sleep ahead of tonight's do-or-die fixture that will either see Portugal qualify for the Round of 16, or go back to Portugal in dismay.

Uruguay topped the group with Russian Federation also qualifying from the group. Spain will play Russian Federation in the last 16. Though it had come into the day favorites to top the group, Spain spent much of the match in limbo thanks to a surprising offensive performance from its opponents.

With 6 points bagged with 2 opening games win, Croatia is at the top of the group D, followed by Nigeria (3 points) managing a victory in their second, Argentina (1 point) now lies at the nadir of the Group which has certainly turned out to be the Group of Death in Russian Federation.

If the Spanish lose they can still go through if Portugal suffer a heavier defeat against Iran, or if that match is a low-scoring draw and and Spain lose by no more than one goal.

Federation Internationale de Football Association rules state that players should receive an automatic yellow card for drawing a television screen in the air, but that did not stop them from verbally pressuring Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who had a torrid time.

Mexico need only a point against Sweden to qualify and finish top.

If Argentina and Nigeria draw, Iceland will make the last 16 if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.

Australia, with three yellow cards, now have the edge in this respect on the Danes, who have four.

A win would take Serbia through and a draw could be enough if Switzerland lose by two. If both Sweden and Germany win it is possible for the Swedes to advance on goal difference.

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 two. Senegal v Colombia is a winner-takes-all affair but the Lions of Teranga only need a draw against the South Americans to keep their run in Russian Federation going.

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