Iran 1-1 Portugal: Ronaldo misses penalty to cost Portugal top spot with Spain draw
2018 World Cup
2′ CHANCE! Ronaldo’s shot saved
Ronaldo! The Real Madrid star has the first chance of the game as he cuts in off the left wing and weaves his way between three Iranian defenders before putting the ball straight to Beiranvand in goal at the near-left post.
8′ CHANCE! Mario’s shot over the bar
Joao Mario! What a chance for Portugal. Ronaldo floats a lovely cross in from the left that is cleared to the feet of his teammate after a mix-up between Iranian keeper Beiranvand and Ezatolahi, only for the midfielder to blast it well over the crossbar.
The two Iran players have a little scrap themselves after that breakdown in communication.
33′ CHANCE! Ezatolahi’s header saved by Patricio
After some delay, it’s Ezatolahi who lands a header on the free-kick, curled in neatly – but the power behind his effort is lacking and Patricio has no trouble making the save.
44′ GOAL! Iran 0-1 Portugal (Quaresma)
QUARESMA, MY WORD! 1-0 TO PORTUGAL!
It’s the breakthrough that Fernando Santos and his side needed; on the stroke of half-time, his right-winger, on his first World Cup start, cuts in off the right with an Adrien Silva pass, slips around two defenders and launches an absolute screamer off his right foot that nestles itself in the top-left corner from 18 yards. That is a cruel goal for Iran to concede.
53′ Penalty Missed! (Cristiano Ronaldo)
Iran have kept Ronaldo rather quiet tonight but now he cuts into the opposition box, and goes down with a barge from Ezatolahi. The Portugal captain cries for a penalty but the referee waves him away.
Play is yet to be restarted in Saransk and all of a sudden, referee Caceres jogs off to the side to look at the VAR screen. He studies for a moment, returns – and gives the penalty!
Ronaldo steps up, strikes right – and IT’S SAVED!
Alireza Beiranvand is the hero of Iran as he reads Ronaldo’s low effort and dives to his left to grab it. It wasn’t the finest of strikes but full credit to the keeper who has been lacking in confidence at the back. Portugal’s lead stays at 1-0.
71′ CLOSE! Ghoddos’s shot wide out
Ghoddos! My word, that was close from the substitute. A long ball played to Azmoun is nudged to him and he blasts a shot wide by a couple of inches at the left post from 20 yards out.
Iran XI: Ehsan Haji Safi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Omid Ebrahimi, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Alireza Beiranvand, Vahid Amiri, Saeid Ezatolahi, Majid Hosseini
Subs: Masoud Shojaei, Ashkan Dejagah, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Karim Ansarifard, Pejman Montazeri, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Saman Ghoddos, A. Abedzadeh, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Mehdi Torabi, Milad Mohammadi
Portugal XI: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe, José Fonte, Rui Patrício, Adrien Silva, Cédric Soares, William Carvalho, Raphael Guerreiro, André Silva, João Mário
Subs: Bruno Alves, Manuel Fernandes, João Moutinho, Beto, Anthony Lopes, Mário Rui, Ricardo Pereira, Gelson Martins, Gonçalo Guedes, Bruno Fernandes, Rúben Dias, Bernardo Silva