Portugal through after dramatic Iran draw

Portugal through after dramatic Iran draw

Portugal through after dramatic Iran draw

In my opinion, Mr Infantino and FIFA, VAR is not going well.

A few hours earlier Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan also raised eyebrows after reviewing but still awarding Saudi Arabia a second spot kick in the game with Egypt for what appeared very little contact between Egypt's Ali Gabr and Saudi Fahad Almuwallad.

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

Ricardo Quaresma scored a stunning goal for Portugal in the first half, while Iran scored a late penalty in the second half.

He got a yellow card in an incident where many pundits felt either a red or no sanction would have been the only appropriate measures.

The first VAR decision was in the 50th minute when Ronaldo got the ball on the edge of the Iran area, cut across it, collided with a defender and fell dramatically to the ground.

Fans in stadiums about 1,000 miles apart - and millions watching on multiple screens around the globe - were transfixed on a studio outside Moscow where FIFA World Cup fates turned on almost simultaneous video replay decisions.

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However, Jorge Sampaoli's side have looked poor throughout the tournament and were thrashed 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday. The last time the Peruvians tasted victory at the tournament was when they beat Iran 4-1 at the 1978 World Cup .

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Had Taremi scored, Iran would have vaulted both Spain and Portugal for top spot in the quartet, with the latter falling to third. The referee is a very lucky guy. "If Iran score at the end it would have been absolute chaos", Shearer told BBC One .

Iranian fans have turned to the dark arts to try and disrupt Cristiano Ronaldo before they play Portugal in the World Cup tonight.

Aged 45 years and 161 days, Egypt's Essam El-Hadary has made history as the oldest player ever to feature at a World Cup, beating the previous record held by Colombia's Faryd Mondragon by a whopping two years and 158 days.

In all, Quaresma came the 16th player to have scored his first World Cup goal at the age of 34 years or older, though he remains the second oldest scorer in the 2018 World Cup, after Felipe Baloy of Panama.

At about noon on Monday, Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but did not tour around the city as they did before other matches in Russian Federation.

The reality is you stop the game for VAR and there is an elbow.

The truth must be respected and we need to know who is refereeing the games.

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