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#WorldCup: Spain And Portugal Survive Late Scare To Qualify For Knockout Stage

Portugal and Spain endured what could have been a nightmare as both teams recorded crucial draws against Iran and Morocco to make it into the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Spain went into the match against Morocco knowing that a draw would see them through but would have wanted a win to assure them of top spot group.

La Roja’s cause was not helped as they conceded an early goal courtesy of Boutaib’s fine finish in the 14th minute.

It wasn’t long before a fine move by Spain resulted in Iniesta laying the ball for Isco to finish with aplomb to bring the game level going into half-time.

In the other game, Portugal had taken a crucial lead against Iran through Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning effort to go temporarily top of the table before the end of the first half.

Spain came back in the second half knowing that the scores in the second game was not in their favour and they pressed for another goal.

Meanwhile, in the Portugal game, Ronaldo was presented with the opportunity to increase his goal tally for the tournament courtesy of a penalty.

Iran’s goalkeeper, Ali Beiranvand however thwarted Ronaldo’s effort to keep Iran with a slim chance in the game.

Spain didn’t do themselves any favour as En-Nesyr grabbed a goal in the 81st minute to turn the game on its head but substitute, Rodrigo got Spain’s equalizer albeit through a VAR decision with the game ending 2-2.

VAR was also taking center stage in the other game as Iran won and converted a late penalty but Portugal held on for a 1-1 draw to advance in second place in the group.

Portugal would now face Uruguay in the round of 16 while Spain take on hosts, Russia

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