Iran in high spirits atop Group B after holding off Spain

Iran in high spirits atop Group B after holding off Spain

The soccer superstar scored the winning goal Wednesday in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B game.

Not an impressive result for Spain, who didn't look almost as sharp in attack as they did in the 3-3 draw against Portugal to open the tournament.

One of the all-time greats, Puskas scored 84 times in 85 games for Hungary before later making four goalless appearances for Spain.

Having not qualified for the last two World Cups, they have again failed to make it out of their group, just as they did in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

It was Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide goalscorers.

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top worldwide scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco. "They created many chances but we managed to get the victory and that is what matters most", Ronaldo added.

It also had two brutal Group B battles, one which was won by the best player on the planet, and the other that had the 2010 champions still alive to advance.

What happened overnight? The first teams were confirmed in the round of 16, with Uruguay notching a second consecutive 1-0 win, easing past Saudi Arabia, who remain goal-less and pointless after two outings.

Elimination is the least likely scenario to occur, however if La Roja lose to Morocco and Iran beat Portugal and the goal difference isn't favourable to Hierro's side then they will finish third.

The victor of this match will be guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages. "We know it will be tough but we don't come here expecting easy things". But we can do better.

But there's still a chance that one of them might not qualify for the next round.

After a hard-fought win against Peru on Saturday, Denmark know that a win will book them a spot in the next round.

"God helped me to play well but unfortunately we couldn't score, the goal didn't count".

Iran had relied nearly entirely on their steely defence to keep them in the match for the first 54 minutes and it was only after the ball had deflected off Costa's knee and into the net that they took the game to the Spanish.

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