SARANSK, Russia (AP) – The Iranian goalkeeper is certain that his team can now compete with the best after the stifling Cristiano Ronaldo.
After Alireza Beiranvand thwarted a 1-1 draw with Portugal, the Iranians were close to scoring a strong stoppage goal. An Iran victory would have taken the team to the top of Group B ahead of Spain.
Although Iran has been eliminated, Beiranvand sees a bright future for the national team and his eyes are on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 19659003] Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond.
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"I waited until the last second to stop this punishment and I think that our hard work earned us a place among the last 1
Ricardo Quaresma scored Ronaldo's only goal just before half-time, who met Portugal in three games in Russia.
If Ronaldo would have converted the penalty In the 53rd minute Portugal had a 2-0 lead and the Real Madrid player scored the fifth goal of the tournament. The defeat cost Portugal, however, the first place in the group.
In the third minute of added time, Karim Ansarifard scored the equalizer for Iran following a video penalty. And the almost 42,000 spectators in the Mordovia Arena gasped when Mehdi Taremi came into the net from close range with one of the last kicks of the match.
Captain and attacking midfielder Masoud Shojaei is confident that despite the current disappointment, the future of Iran is promising.
"We learned a lot in Russia, we learned a lot from coach Carlos Queiroz, and you can see that our younger players have strengthened their game," said the 34-year-old AEK player. "Although we are not for the We will see thousands of Iranians become a competitive team that can make them dream, and we'll be even better in four years. "
Formerly, Portuguese coach Fernando Santos called Iran" the best Asian team ".
"Every game in the World Cup is difficult, and those who would make it easy for Portugal were certainly not on the pitch," said Santos.
Spain draws 2: 2 against Morocco, reaches the round of the last 16
It took a video review of a strike Spain takes first place in its World Cup group
The substitute Spaniard Iago Aspas scored late on Monday 2: 2 against Morocco the late goal. His clever dropping from a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially not recognized because of offside, but the assistant referee overcame the call in the Kaliningrad Stadium.
"Until the last minute, we were not sure who finished first and second." Spain coach Fernando Hierro said. "And I have to say, we were lucky that we were the first to reach the goal."
The decision triggered a melee among the players of both teams.
Hierro took over on the eve of the World Cup as Spain coach Julen Lopetegui dismissed from the job at Real Madrid. Now he is on the way to the World Cup knockout round.
"Of course we can improve," said Hierro. "Five goals in three games, that's not the way to go, that's what I said to my players, and they understand that."
A rare confusion between Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos gave Morocco his first goal at the World Cup World Cup, Khalid Boutaib jumped on the loose ball and scored in the 14th minute. Iniesta equalized five minutes later with a clever return to Spain to give Isco the other end.
Youssef En Nesyri scored in the 81st minute, scoring a goal that had already eliminated a win.
With Portugal also moving to Iran, Spain have progressed as group winners as they scored more goals. Spain will face hosts Russia on Sunday in Moscow, while Portugal play Uruguay the day before in Sochi.
"We have not won anything yet, it was a very tough game," said Isco. "Maybe we were not focused right from the beginning, we needed them to score against us to force us to react."
Spain is through and is undefeated 23 games, but in the group match it was far from it removed to convince, and again showed defensive weaknesses against two goals conceded a Moroccan team that had scored in their two previous group matches no goal.
While Spain controlled the game against Morocco with 68 per cent of possession, Isco believes that Spain can do better.
"Maybe what we are To control the ball better, you need more possession," said the man of the game. "Maybe that's missing. And that's usually something we do a lot better."
Morocco played in Kaliningrad with pride and can leave the tournament after beating Spain's selection of stars
"We would have liked to win Spain, Morocco coach Herve Renard said. "That's why we came here tonight, we suffered just like any other team playing against Spain, and looking at the lineup, it's a mix of Real Madrid and Barca – they're excellent players."  Morocco stubbornly resisted rapid counterattacks and was a constant threat, regaining the lead just before Noureddine. Amrabat shook hands in the 55th minute with a powerful shot that David De Gea could only clear.
De Gea was criticized after his mistake by Ronaldo with one of his three goals in the draw against Portugal. But in the second half, he proved his value for Spain. Boutaib missed Boutaib 2-0 with a first-half save before Mbark Boussoufa struck a dangerous ball in the 50th minute.
Spain have now better than four years ago when they defeated the defending champions in the group stage after losing to the Netherlands and Chile to the World Cup in Brazil.
In the round of 16, Spain face a Russian team proved in its first two games that it can break through weak defenses. In the first two games, Russia struck eight times before beating Uruguay 3-0 on Monday.
"We play against the hosts, they will have the crowd, they are in their house, but in the end, football is played on the pitch," said Hierro.
El Hadary sets record, Saudis beats Egypt 2-1
The oldest person to play in a World Cup game has made some spectacular saves on Monday. He also saw two passing him.
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for the last group match of his team to set the record. Although he saved a penalty, he could not prevent Saudi Arabia from winning 2-1 in a game between two eliminated teams.
"I regret the fans, for everyone in Egypt," El Hadary said. "I want to thank my teammates and it was a great honor for me to play."
Salem Aldawsari scored the winner for the Saudis with almost the last kick of the match as he executed El Hadary from an acute angle inside the Egyptian penalty area ,
Mohamed Salah After injuring his left shoulder in the Champions League final last month, he took the lead on 22 minutes after deflecting a long ball from Abdalla Said and stopping goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem.
It was Salah's second goal at the World Cup, and Egypt's first open game at the World Cup since 1934.
Salman Alfaraj scored a penalty in the first half stoppage for the Saudis after Ali joined Gabr Fahad Almuwallad in the region Brought case. The decision was confirmed after a video review and the penalty was pronounced in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
"I think we generally kept control of the pace, we have possession … and I think we deserved to win." Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. "When talking about the future, the club has to decide what it will do."
Almuwallad had previously missed a chance to equalize when El Hadary rescued his punishment. The experienced goalkeeper dived to the right and threw up his left hand to push the shot onto the pole before it was cleared.
El Hadary could not repeat the feat at the end of the half, went in the wrong direction and had no Alagaraj failing in the second half when he spat out Saudi Arabia in the 69th minute as he headed Hussain Almoqahwi over the crossbar headed. A minute later, he parried a header from Muhannad Asiri.
With Aldawsari's last goal, however, he had no chance
El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon as the oldest player in the World Cup. The Colombian international goalkeeper was 43 when he came on as a late substitute in Japan's 4-1 win over Japan four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil.
"It is true that today it was a special record and many, many people in Egypt love and support him," said Egypt coach Hector Cuper. "And he played a great game."
Suarez meets again, Uruguay defeated hosts Russia 3-0
Luis Suarez was finally shaken at this year's World Cup.
After the match on the podium After a 3-0 victory over Uruguay against Russia, a reporter asked him why he often showed a sad expression.
Suarez threw aside his translation headphone, then smiled defiantly and finally said, "What a waste of time." Next question please.
Apart from this little blip, Suarez had his best behavior in Russia and scored two goals while Uruguay was with three consecutive victories survived the group stage – and sent the two-time champions to the knockout round 3rd consecutive
Edinson Cavani met on Monday against the host country, which dropped his first game of the tournament.
Both teams have already scored points in the knockout stages, but Uruguay's victory brought them to the top of Group A and looks back on a game in Sochi on Saturday against Portugal.
Uruguay, who also benefited from an own goal in the first half, had his third direct away win against Egypt and Egypt Saudi Arabia. Uruguayans and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera have not scored in any of the six games this year.
"After winning the first two games 1-0, we wanted to get another," Suarez said. "We wanted to play the same way as before, only better."
Reaching the round of the last 16 with victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia secured its best World Cup participation in the post-Soviet era. But Uruguay – ranked 14th in the world rankings – presented the hosts with a bigger challenge.
Suarez, who seems to have left the controversy behind the World Cup, hit the wall of the Russian players and into the right corner of the goal with a low shot from the edge of the box. The striker from Barcelona has given the fans of the national team a kiss.
Suarez is the top scorer for Uruguay with 101 caps. In 101 games, he scored a goal against Saudi Arabia.
But his two World Cup races were controversial: he was sent from Brazil to Italy four years ago for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. In 2010, he used his hands to block Dominic Adiyiah's header and then celebrated when Ghana missed the penalty. Uruguay prevailed in a shootout, and Suarez was tagged as a dirty player.
Uruguay beat Russia 2-0 in their own right – the sixth in the world championship that reached the tournament record. Midfielder Diego Laxalt failed Denis Cheryshev and let goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev take the lead
Russia, the team with the worst placing at No. 70, lost to 10 men, after right-back Igor Smolnikov saw the yellow card in the 36th minute , Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov immediately took down Cheryshev for defender Mario Fernandes
Cavani scored in the 90th minute and was sent off shortly thereafter. The striker from Paris Saint-Germain sat down in the left corner after a header by Diego Godin against Akinfeev,
"It's important that the strikers score," said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez. "When they feel comfortable or at home, they score goals, Striker's a great contributor to a team, and we know we'll give all our players the opportunity to improve their game as we improve our game."
Uruguay celebrated its twelfth appearance at the World Cup, which was won in 1930 and 1950, fourth in South Africa in 2010 and made the round of the last sixteen years ago in Brazil.
"It is clear that they have first-class players, while we also have very good players," said Cherchesov. "I like the way my team played after we lost a player, we were pretty aggressive."