Ronaldo quiets Iran fans down from hotel room before Portugal match

Amaju Cafassembly

How many more goals do you think Ronaldo can score at this year's World Cup? Both sides finished group play with a plus-one goal differential.

Order was restored. Favorites Portugal and Spain would advance if the results held.

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Police were first called to the Hotel Mercure at around 23:00 local time, when a first group of Iranian fans arrived at the hotel and began to sing.

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The victor of Russian Federation and Uruguay's Monday night match takes the group.

They beat hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in a clinical display, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both getting on the scoresheet and the second coming from a Denis Cheryshev own goal.

It all went downhill for the host nation, .as Igor Smolnikov was sent off on a second yellow in the 36th minute. Their final match will determine who tops the group.

94th minute - Saransk: Team Melli's Mehdi Taremi almost gives Iran the lead from close proximity with a shot that strikes the side netting. Al Dawsari's 90+5 minute victor gave him the Man of the Match with an 8.66 rating.

In a high-intensity World Cup match, the rock-solid Iran accomplished a one-for-the-books tie against Portugal.

Having two televisions in the same room is a gratuitous luxury that was made necessary by Monday's frenetic finish to Group B play. Spain pulled level in the first half through Isco before Aspas's rescue act at the death. Two days before their opening match, the country's soccer federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui, a day after Real Madrid announced he'd take over as their new manager after the tournament.

Morocco, with nothing to play for, led the game 2-1 heading into stoppage time, but a spectacular heel-flick equalizer from substitute forward Iago Aspas earned Spain the draw.

Two draws and a win saw Portugal accumulate five points from their three games, and they have been involved in some of the tournament's most eye-catching moments so far.

Ricardo Quaresma curled in a trademark trivela goal on the stroke of half-time at the Mordovia Arena, but Karim Ansarifard's late penalty dropped Portugal to second in Group B behind neighbours Spain.

Ronaldo had a chance to extend the lead when he won a penalty in the 51st minute but Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand dived to his left to save his effort from the spot.

Spain bounds ahead of Portugal thanks to Iran's equaliser with minutes remaining in the match in Kalingrad.

Iran and Morocco head try again in four years.



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