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FIFA World Cup 2018 : Portugal held after Ronaldo penalty miss but qualify for last 16

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By ITN News Editor June 26, 2018 20:46

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Portugal held after Ronaldo penalty miss but qualify for last 16

Portugal advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B after Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning strike on the stroke of halftime was cancelled out by a dramatic stoppage-time penalty by Iran’s Karim Ansarifard. Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain, who drew 2-2 against Morocco to top the group by scoring more goals, and set up a second round clash with Group A toppers Uruguay in Sochi.

Substitute Iago Aspas struck in stoppage-time to earn Spain a dramatic 2-2 draw with Morocco, handing them top spot in World Cup Group B and a place in the last 16. The first team eliminated from the World Cup following two 1-0 losses, Morocco began to play with the intensity that indicated they had every intention of returning home with a Spanish scalp and Khalid Boutaid put them ahead in the 14th minute.

Saudi Arabia managed their first win at a World Cup since 1994 by beating Egypt 2-1 in Volgograd, Russia with a last-gasp winner that eclipsed Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah’s 22nd minute goal in the Group A game between the two eliminated teams. Saudi Arabia finished third in the group standings, scoring their only goals of the tournament and vastly improving from the 5-0 thrashing by hosts Russia in their opening game.

Uruguay burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia, finishing top of Group A with a perfect record while dampening the hopes of the tournament hosts, who had to settle for second. Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay’s account with a free kick after 10 minutes.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 26, 2018 20:46

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