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Spain, Portugal Advance After Draws With Morocco, Iran Amid Missed Ronaldo Penalty, VAR Drama

Spain, Portugal Advance After Draws With Morocco, Iran Amid Missed Ronaldo Penalty, VAR Drama

Their next match, a 1-0 defeat of Iran, didn't come easily, either, as the surprisingly stubborn Iranians had an equalizer wiped out by video replay. Earlier today Uruguay were very effective in brutally dismissing the hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in Samara.

But there's 90 minutes in football, .as Iago Aspas's stoppage-time goal, . saves Spain for the 2-2 draw, . and sees them advance to the round of 16.

His third strike against Spain saw him set up multiple records, as he became the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup and the first to score a triple against the 2010 winners.

They had both drawn earlier when they met in the World Cup opener, which makes it two draws for both teams in three group games.

Though it was among the favorites entering the World Cup, Spain will be glad just to have made it through to the knockout stages after a disastrous first two weeks in Russian Federation.

Monday's World Cup results filled in the teams for some of this weekend's Round of 16 matches. We can't allow the opposition so many chances.

Ronaldo was booked after 83 minutes of the Group B clash for catching Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji, with the incident reviewed by the referee on a pitchside monitor.

The host nation rode a wave of national euphoria in their first two matches, sweeping aside Saudi Arabia and Egypt despite being initially written off as no-hopers but could not keep the magic alive against the South Americans.

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One of them said "we hope those people will be forgiven for the mistake they made". All the good and bad things in the game were down to us.

But despite the draws, both teams find themselves through to the knockouts. "We did what we had to do", he said. "And then we got a red card".

Egypt bowed out of the tournament pointless on Monday after they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in a Group A dead rubber.

Iran were well organised at the back and defended stoically but did not have enough men going forward in the first half.

When he made his global debut in 1996, Ramadan Sobhy, who came on a substitute, was not even born.

Someone other than Ronaldo finally scored for Portugal, and it might turn out to be the goal of the tournament.

As laid out in detail by a profile from The Guardian ahead of the World Cup, Beiranvand's moment in the spotlight was very well-deserved.

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