Ronaldo quiets Iran fans down from hotel room before Portugal match


It took a wonder goal by Ricardo Quaresma to put Portugal on the scoresheet.

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The picture is complicated by what Spain do against Morocco in the group's other match tonight, but essentially Portugal need to better Spain's result to top the group.

Iran were awarded a penalty for a handball by Cedric Soares which understandably angered the Portugal players.

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.

And while that Iran penalty was being given after a VAR review, Spain were being handed a 91st minute equaliser against Morocco by a VAR review of their own - Iago "Barry" Aspas having a goal ruled out for offside on the pitch before the referee overturned his official's wrong decision.

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That strike was Suarez's sixth World Cup goal and made him the first Uruguayan to score in three separate finals. Suarez will be expected to kickstart his goals tally this afternoon against a so far poor Saudi Arabia .

While Ronaldo was the beneficiary of a penalty awarded against Iran, the Real Madrid superstar arguably should have been sent off for clashing with Morteza Pouraliganji.

That said, this World Cup would be on course to beat the tally of 18 eventually even without VAR. La Roja also escaped a red card when Gerard Piqué went into a tackle two footed.

Iranian fans gathered outside of Portugal's hotel and made noise to keep them from sleeping.

There were also two penalties in the game earlier on Monday between Saudi Arabia and Egypt - veteran Egypt goalkeeper Essam Elhadary saved the first before Salman Alfaraj converted the second. "They are a big team with very big players, but the most important thing now is for us to recover and to get ready for Uruguay".

It's hard to tell much from a dead rubber but hopes (or fears) that Uruguay would grow into this tournament after two pedestrian 1-0 wins were given life by their 3-0 victory over Russian Federation.

VAR has been called upon in half of the 20 penalty decisions, whether to change the referee's original call or to confirm it.