Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

The 1-1 draw, after a stunning Ricardo Quaresma strike was cancelled out by Iran's Karim Ansarifard, meant Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain, who drew 2-2 against Morocco to top the group by scoring more goals.

The result, combined with Spain's 2-2 draw with Morocco and an earlier win for Uruguay over hosts Russian Federation in Group A, means Portugal will play Uruguay in Sochi on June 30, while Group B winners Spain will face Russian Federation in Moscow on July 1. Spain got the point it needed when Iago Aspas flicked in a Dani Alves cross in stoppage time.

Portugal will face Uruguay, which took the top spot from Russian Federation in a 3-0 win earlier Monday.

Portugal were left to rue the missed penalty by their most prolific scorer in the 53rd minute after Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand pulled off a heroic save to deny them a 2-0 lead.

"Obviously we can improve and there are things that definitely need to be worked on". But while Iran's path to the next round is fairly straightforward, Spain and Portugal are still likely to reach the knockout stage.

Morocco was defeated by both Iran and Portugal 1-0. "But despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged on top and we must look at that silver lining and think positively", Hierro told a news conference.

"And now we need to be very demanding with ourselves and have very clearly in mind that if we concede so easily, it will be very hard for us to reach our ultimate goal".

The 2010 champions can go through if they beat or draw with already-eliminated Morocco or if Portugal beats Iran in the other match in their group.

"I hope we will be galvanized by what has been inflicted on us", the Frenchman said.

"We learned that we can play at a very high level".

At about noon on Monday Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but it is uncertain whether they will walk around the city as they did before other matches in Russian Federation.

He added: "We would have loved to have beaten Spain - that was why we came here".

Montreh Fayoud, one of the several Iranian women that are attending their first World Cup, disagreed.

Portugal and Spain are the two best teams in the world but we presented our team at the World Cup very well.

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