Iran hopes for respect after stopping Ronaldo at World Cup

Portugal ready for ‘tough battle’ with Iran

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But I think Iran, without any doubt in my opinion, with the discipline, with the attitude, with the way we controlled the game, if there was some justice in football - which doesn't exist - only one victor would have come out in this game.

A new record was set on Tuesday [NZ time], when referee Enrique Caceres gave one to Portugal, then one to Iran during their 1-1 draw at Mordovia Arena in Russian Federation, the 19th and 20th penalties of the tournament.

A heart-in-mouth moment saw the referee analyse VAR footage over a potential red-card offence by Ronaldo, but a yellow card is all the number seven would receive going into the final ten minutes of the game.

The call, it can be assumed, was not welcome by Morocco's players, who got into a scuffle with Spain players after the fact, yet the goal stood, which secured the point for Spain.

"The reality is you stop the game too far".

"I think we did very well", he said.

Iran has never been past the group stage at the World Cup, but a win over Portugal on Monday would vault the nation into its first knockout stage round.

The referee also consulted VAR before deciding not to send Ronaldo off after he raised an arm to Morteza Pouraliganji in the centre of the field while chasing a long ball.

Think great players can not in this situation be wrong, but it made Lionel Messi and Ronaldo repeated.

The simultaneous sequences bumped Portugal into second place in the group and Spain into first, thanks to the goals-scored tiebreaker, flipping the group on its head and setting up Spain-Russia, Portugal-Uruguay last-16 matchups.

The Spanish goal was awarded after a lengthy review by the Video Assistant Referee. "It's a red card".

Going back to the story about my daughter yesterday, I need to know if I am a grandfather or not. So the question it is for me, as I said before, it is not about the refs, it's about the attitude and the bravery and the character. "But now you have one system that costs a fortune - a fortune".

"Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes and referees make mistakes", Queiroz said.

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