Twitter erupts as Portugal draw against Iran

Twitter erupts as Portugal draw against Iran

Twitter erupts as Portugal draw against Iran

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Iran's coach, Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, said Sunday that facing Portugal in the final Group B clash was special, but he stressed that his team has prepared well and still has a chance to qualify for the knockout round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The first - which set a new record of 19 penalties - came midway through the second half, when Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down in the box.

Iran can only advance to the next stage of the World Cup if it beats the European champions.

While the Spain game made it to 1-1 before 20 minutes had passed, Ricardo Quaresma scored.well, he scored The Quaresma Goal. The previous holder of the record for Portugal was Cristiano Ronaldo (33 years, 135 days), when he scored the victor against Morocco.

All of a sudden, VAR had been revealed to be just like any other replay system: a process meant to reduce the number of controversies by correcting human error was now only adding to the controversies because there was still human judgment involved.

Moroccan players bemoan referee Ravshan Irmatov's decision to award Spain a late goal on the basis of video review at the World Cup on June 25.

With 28 matches still to be played, expect the total to continue to grow.

Edinson Cavani joined his team-mate Luis Suarez as the only Uruguayans to have scored in three World Cups.

An early freekick from Barcelona's Luis Suarez, an own goal from Denis Cheryshev and a late strike from Edinson Cavani sealed top spot in Group A for Uruguay, with Russian Federation through to the knockout stages as runners-up.

Four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil, only 13 penalties were awarded in the entire tournament.

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.

He marked the occasion with a penalty save.

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