Ronaldo's failed penalty almost cost Portugal a spot in the round of 16.
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Spain struggled, but got a late goal to draw with Morocco in their group B finale.
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What's next ...
June 30 Portugal (Runner-up Group B) vs. Uruguay (Winner Group A), in Sochi (2 pm ET, Fox, Telemundo)
July 1 Spain (Winner Group B) vs. Russia (Runner-up Group A), in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (10 am ET, Fox, Telemundo)
“The important thing is to think about the [next] match," said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, "to get to know your adversaries and then to get well prepared mentally and physically, regardless of it being Uruguay or the hosts. These are different circumstance, of course, the hosts have huge support and they’ve had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they’re all excellent – but Portugal too. We have our weapons and we’re going to try to win.”
There are pluses and minuses to finishing first or second, given the round-of-16 opposition from Group A, so it's basically a wash for Spain and Portugal. But for Iran, so close to being through to the second round for the first time in five tries?
“I think Iran," said its Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz, "without any doubt, 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 winner would have come out in this game. And that winner is Iran.
Group B ...
Friday, June 15
Iran 1 Morocco 0.
(Own goal 90+5. Att.: 62,548.)
Portugal 3 Spain 3.
(Cristiano Ronaldo pen. 4, 44, 88; Diego Costa 24, 55, Nacho 58. Att.: 43,866.)
Wednesday, June 20
Portugal 1 Morocco 0.
(Cristiano Ronaldo 4. Att.: 78,011.)
Spain 1 Iran 0.
(Diego Costa 54. Att.: Att.: 42,718.)
Monday, June 25
Iran 1 Portugal 1.
(Ansarifard pen. 90+3; Quaresma 45. Att.: 41,685.)
Spain 2 Morocco 2.
(Isco 19, Iago Aspas 90+1; Boutaib 14, En-Nesyri 81. Att.: 33,973.)
1. Spain, 5 points (6-5)
2. Portugal, 5 points (5-4)
3. Iran, 4 points (2-2)
4. Morocco, 1 point (2-4)
In parentheses is goal difference.