Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

Portugal vs. Iran - 6/25/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portugal vs. Iran - 6/25/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Spain doesn't need to win its last World Cup group match to advance, but that doesn't mean coach Fernando Hierro wants his team to look past Morocco to the round of 16. The theme continued in Group B's matches, with Iago Aspas and Karim Ansarifard both scoring the equalisers for Spain and Iran, respectively, after 90 minutes.

Portugal were left to rue the missed penalty by their most prolific scorer in the 53rd minute after Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand pulled off a heroic save to deny them a 2-0 lead.

After a breathless 3-3 draw with Portugal in their opening game, La Roja laboured to a 1-0 victory over Iran, and require at least a point in Kaliningrad against a Morocco side playing for pride to guarantee a last 16 berth.

"I love Ronaldo, I love Portugal, but this is a big game".

"Obviously we can improve and there are things we definitely need to work on".

The whole group changed within 30 seconds as Iran were awarded a penalty following lengthy consultation with VAR, while Aspas fired Spain to the top of the table. "We will undoubtedly be self-critical because losing five goals in three matches is not the way forward, and I've told the players that". "But now we need to be very demanding with ourselves and have clearly in mind that if we concede goals so easily, it will be very hard to reach our ultimate goal".

Japan punish 10-man Colombia in Saransk to make winning start
Shinji Kagawa remains a big name but he hasn't had the brightest time and Japan are lacking in attacking options up front. Japan led after only five minutes, Kagawa converting a penalty awarded for Carlos Sanchez's handball in the area.

Portugal's chances for more goals came early in the second half, when Ronaldo went down under a challenge by Ezatolahi.

He added: "We would have loved to have beaten Spain - that was why we came here".

At about noon on Monday Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but it is uncertain whether they will walk around the city as they did before other matches in Russian Federation.

Montreh Fayoud, one of the several Iranian women that are attending their first World Cup, disagreed.

"We know that Morocco are an excellent team, they reached the finals of a World Cup after not being here for many years".

"We have to force ourselves to find something to fight for so we can compete in the best possible psychological condition", he said.

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