Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Iranian fans' weird tactics before do-or-die encounter

Cristiano Ronaldo has evolved into one of the greats of the game. Michael Steele  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has evolved into one of the greats of the game. Michael Steele Getty Images

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts following a challenge during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Portugal at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 25, 2018. "Our expectation is to continue our work and try to improve in the group phase", Ronaldo said after his early strike over Morocco left Portugal level on four points with Spain at the top of Group B.

This was Queresma's first start at the World Cup and he made his mark.

Queiroz suggested Iran should have had "at least one more penalty" for a series of second-half incidents in the Portugal box.

And it was enough to see Portugal into the last-16.

"But I think Iran, without any doubt in my opinion, 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".

Captain Ehsan Haksafi is a big miss for Team Melli after two brilliant performances in their opening two games.

Joao Moutinho has been suffering from an illness.

Portugal and Iran play in a must-win match on Monday.

Isco became Spain's 47th different goal scorer at World Cups, when the Real Madrid player equalised against Morocco.

On the stroke of halftime Quaresma, making his World Cup debut at the age of 34, played a one-two with Adrien Silva to cut in from the right flank and curled the ball past the outstretched hands of Beiranvand with the outside of his boot. Cristiano Ronaldo saw a penalty saved and could have been sent off for an elbow in the second half, but in this instance VAR worked in Portugal's favour.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz remonstrated angrily with the officials as Saman Ghoddos appeared to be impeded by William Carvalho inside the area.

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.

Iran earned a stoppage-time penalty, again with the help of VAR, when Sardar Azmoun's header struck the arm of Cedric after the pair contested a deep cross. Ansarifard steps up to the 12 yard mark and puts his effort into the top corner of the Portuguese net.

Mehdi Taremi almost snatched a dramatic victor after a deflected shot rolled into his path, but he fired into the side netting as Iran were eliminated in agonising fashion.

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