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World Cup: Spain, Portugal head to Round of 16


Spain and Portugal have advanced to the World Cup Round of 16 after the final matches in Group B, APA reports quoting Anadol Agency..

 

Despite going down twice in the match against Morocco, Spain fought back draw thanks to goals from Isco and Iago Aspas and secured the top spot in the group.

 

The match at Kaliningrad Stadium ended on a 2-2 draw.

 

Spain advanced as group winners with 5 points, scoring more goals than Portugal.

 

Portugal drew 1-1 against Iran after late drama at Mordovia Arena.

 

Portugal could not protect their advantage gained in the 45th minute by Ricardo Quaresma, who scored one of his trademark "trivela" shots.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo even missed a penalty kick in the 53rd minute.

 

After a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision, Iran was awarded a penalty kick in the 90+3 minute, converted by Karim Ansarifard.

 

Iran then missed a clear chance in the 96th minute to qualify.

 

Portugal will face Uruguay in the Round of 16, while Spain will take on hosts Russia.

 

Here are the final standings in Group B:

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