Iran vs Portugal match will be played on June 25, Monday, at Mordovia Arena and it will start from 11:30 pm India time. The former will now take on hosts Russian Federation in the last 16, with Portugal up against Uruguay. It is a historic opportunity for Iran, whose supporters have gone to incredible lengths to try to disrupt Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. before the game.
So far, Portugal's all four goals in the tournament have come through Ronaldo and the Europeans will once again rely heavily on the talismanic striker if they want to make it to the second round.
"Not even in their dreams did my players imagine they would one day play against Cristiano, and all of Portugal's other great players so they are very excited".
Azmoun went down inside the area after colliding with Cedric but the referee waved away his appeals before Iran threatened again as a unsafe cross from the right was cut out.
How will Portugal line up against Iran? Ronaldo scored a late penalty to seal a 2-0 win over Iran when the two sides last met, at the 2006 World Cup, and Portugal will hope for further inspiration from the second highest goalscorer in worldwide history.
The permutations and predictions for the final World Cup group matches
Wins for Germany and Sweden would mean three teams would finish with six points, sending it to tiebreakers. If teams finish level on points, goal difference will be used to decide the final group placings.
Notable: Portugal is looking to advance to the knockout round for the third time in the last four World Cups after being eliminated in the group stage in 2014. Spain play Morocco while Portugal play Iran and it is the latter game that could decide the final group standings.
The two teams can still qualify for the knockout stages in Russia - Iran have three points, Portugal have four - meaning that their encounter in Saransk is victor takes all.
With England's Harry Kane now top of the Golden Boot charts, Ronaldo will be desperate to add to his goal tally against Iran, managed by his former mentor Carlos Queiroz. "I think Portugal will move on to the Round of 16 but it's going to be a hard-fought battle", he said.
Portugal - Patricio 5, Cedric 6, Pepe 5, Fonte 5, Guerreiro 7, Carvalho 5, Adrien 6, Mario 6, Queresma 7, Ronaldo 5, Silva 6.
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best footballer in the world and his 4 goals in 2 matches is a testament of that.