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Monday, 25 June 2018

2018 World Cup: Spain And Portugal Qualify For Round Of 16 (Details & Facts)

Portugal and Spain have both qualified for the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Portugal defeated Iran 1-1 in a very tight match which Cristiano Ronaldo also missed a penalty to secure all three points for this country.


PORTUGAL 1-1 IRAN- QUARESMA (45), ANSARIFARD (91)


Portugal XI: Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Mario, Quaresma, Andre Silva, Ronaldo.


Iran XI: Beiranvand, Safi, Ezatolahi, Pouraliganji, Omid, Amiri, Mehdi, Jahanbakhsh, Hosseini, Sardar, Ramin.


Spain earned a 2-2 draw against Morocco today in a very interesting match at Kaliningrad on Monday.


Morocco striker Khalid Boutaib gave the north African side a shock early lead but Isco levelled, blasting high into the net after a layoff from Andres Iniesta.


Morocco, already eliminated, struck again in the 81st minute when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri crashed in a header which looked set to inflict a first defeat on Spain since Euro 2016.


But substitute Iago Aspas levelled in stoppage-time after consultation from the VAR, putting Spain top ahead of Portugal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran.


Spain will play Russia in the last 16.


SPAIN 2-2 MOROCCO - BOUTAIB (14), ISCO (19), EL NESYRI (81), ASPAS (92)


Spain XI: De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos,Jordi Alba, Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta, Silva, Isco, Costa. 


Morocco XI: El Kajoui, Hakimi, Da Costa, Saiss, Ziyach, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Boutaib, Boussoufa, Amrabat, Dirar.


Facts:-


12 - Isco has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 15 international appearances for Spain, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further two. Magician.


34y 272d - Ricardo Quaresma is the oldest player to score on his first World Cup start (34 years, 272 days) since Yahya Golmohammadi for Iran against Mexico in 2006 (35 years, 84 days). Trivela.


4 - Morocco were shown four yellow cards in the first half agaist Spain - since 1966, the only other occasion of a team having more in the first half of a World Cup game was also by Morocco (5 v Netherlands in 1994). Crunch.


19 - There have been 19 penalties taken at the 2018 World Cup 🏆, more than in any other edition in the history of the competition. VAR .


12 - Spain have now conceded 12 goals in their last six World Cup matches, as many as they had in their previous 18 combined. Frailty.


4 - Portugal have progressed from the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in their history (also 1966, 2006 and 2010). Relief.


2006 - Spain have finished a World Cup group stage unbeaten for the first time since 2006 (P3 W3), having lost at least once in each of the last two editions of the competition. Character


8 - Iago Aspas has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight games for Spain(five goals and three assists). Hero.


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