Portugal, Spain seal qualification to knockout stages

Posted July 01, 2018

"I think it will be a balanced game". After watching the footage repeatedly, the referee only gave him a yellow card, which didn't go down well with the fans. The second-half was littered with players confronting the referee, niggling fouls, play-acting, a missed penalty, misuse of the VAR system and a highly controversial penalty!

Isco became Spain's 47th different goal scorer at World Cups, when the Real Madrid player equalised against Morocco.

In stoppage time alone, VAR interventions allowed Iran to knot the game on a dodgy penalty call and Spain to keep its tying goal when Iago Aspas was (correctly) ruled onside.

VAR has created headlines throughout the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

That means host Russian Federation, which finished second in Group A, will play Spain on Sunday in Moscow, while Portugal faces the much more hard opponent, Uruguay on Saturday in Sochi.

VAR was called upon when Cristiano Ronaldo caught Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji with a flailing elbow off the ball.

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"Every match in the World Cup is hard".

With referee Bakary Gassama having initially waved play on, he was alerted to Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen having made clear contact with Peru's Christian Cueva, reviewed the footage and pointed to the spot.

"I slept by the club's door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me", he said. It could easily have been ruled a red, but Caceres is standing there staring at a monitor, knowing that the red would not only have left Portugal down a man for the remainder of the match, but would have kept one of the game's biggest stars out of his country's next match.

"I don't know what's going on in those trucks, but that's the thing they need to be transparent about and show us".

While Quaresma rewarded his coach with a stunning opening goal just before half-time, Silva offered little as Ronaldo found himself isolated and his opportunities limited.

"But last night, I don't know who was behind the screens and helping the referee but they didn't do a good job". "We must do better than that".

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