Portugal ready for tough battle with Iran

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic left scores his side's third goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod Russia

European champions Portugal are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B and need a draw to guarantee qualification. Iran should not cause many problems for Portugal, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the field.

Pinnick, also a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Emergency Committee, is officially working in the Saint Petersburg centre and will commission a Round of 16 match (3rd July), a semi final match (10th July) and the World Cup third place match (14th July).

Mexico will top the group with a win or draw against Sweden.

Egypt: Eliminated. Will finish third if they avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia. For instance, if Iran and Portugal draw 3-3 and Spain lose 1-0, Spain would be level on points with Iran, with the same goal difference and goals scored, but Spain would go through on head-to-head after their 1-0 win over Iran earlier in pool play.

For that to happen, Spain and Portugal will have to win by the same scoreline in their final games with Portugal picking up one more yellow card than Fernando Hierro's side. The last remaining group tiebreaker is drawing of lots - or, in other words, a name out of a hat - and that would be needed to determine first and second.

The victor of Group B plays the runner-up in Group A, either Russian Federation or Uruguay.

Iran, who beat Morocco in their opening game before losing to Spain, are trying to reach the latter stages of the World Cup for the first time.

Spain only need a point against Morocco on Monday to seal their spot in the last 16.

Advances with a win over Croatia and a better goal differential than Nigeria.

Australia, with three yellow cards, now have the edge in this respect on the Danes, who have four.




A draw may also be enough for Nigeria even if Iceland beat Croatia, depending on goal difference.

Brazil would be safely through with a win or a draw against Serbia and will top the group unless Switzerland better their result, or match it with a better goal margin.

He has most recently refereed Croatia's thrashing of Argentina.

A win would take Serbia through and a draw could be enough if Switzerland lose by two.

Australia need to beat Peru, also at 2am, and hope Denmark lose.

Advances with a win or tie against Morocco. Whichever team wins by more, wins the group.

Advances with win or draw against Serbia.

A draw would do it for Japan, same for Senegal, but Colombia hit form against Poland on Monday and could be too strong for their African opposition.

Japan and Senegal will advance with draws against Poland and Colombia respectively.

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