- Ricardo Quaresma score on the brink of half time with a superb curler to give Portugal the lead
- Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to have only gotten a yellow card after elbowing and Iran player
Current world's best footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo missed from the spot during Portugal’s final Group B match against Iran at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Monday night.
The encounter which was decided at Mordovia Arena, Saransk saw the European champions bank on Ricardo Quaresma’s 45th minute wonderful strike. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the hard fighting Asian side.
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Indeed, the individual brilliance from Quaresma, could not save Portugal. After Spain's La Roja’s 2-2 draw with Morocco, it means La Roja top Group B and play hosts Russia in Moscow on Sunday.
It was a tough affair all through as both sides did not want to give up the contest. Ronaldo escaped expulsion with a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct in the 81st minute after fouling Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji with the elbow.
Iran were awarded a penalty of their own in the 93rd minute following intervention from VAR, however, and Karim Ansarifard converted from the spot to set up a pulsating finish.
Portugal looked to have won the group entering the final moments, but Iran's equaliser and a leveller for Spain against Morocco means Portugal will face Uruguay in the round of 16 on June 30.
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