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Spain and Portugal reach World Cup knockout round

Spain and Portugal reach World Cup knockout round

Entering the final matchday, both teams are +1, so whichever team's margin of victory is higher would win Group B. If the goal differentials are identical, then it comes down to goals scored in group play-entering the final matchday, both teams are level.

While they could progress with a draw they would need to win and score more goals than Portugal in their match with Iran in order to guarantee top spot in Group B.

"They lost their first match in the last minute with an own goal and had an excellent game against Portugal - we are talking about a tough nut to crack".

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.

The group stage of the 2018 World Cup is coming to a close, and the knockout bracket is coming into focus.

It was all the invitation Boutaib needed and he pounced on the loose ball, left a flailing Ramos behind, and slotted the ball between David De Gea's legs to give Morocco a 1-0 lead.

Iran were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres used the video assistant referee (VAR) system to rule that Portugal's Cedric Soares had handled the ball in the box.

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"I wasn't concerned", he added.

"We know the difficulties we're going to have against Uruguay".

"We have to force ourselves to find something to fight for so we can compete in the best possible psychological condition", he said. "But despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged on top and we must look at that silver lining and think positively", Hierro told a news conference.

"The question I'd like to raise is on the second equaliser - we expect a corner on one side and it's played on the other. I tried to check with the referee, but the door was closed".

VAR, in use for the first time at a World Cup, has been a hot topic throughout the tournament with players and coaches split on its usage.

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


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