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Spain and Portugal reach World Cup knockout round

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Portugal’s forward Ricardo Quaresma (R) speaks with Portugal’s defender Cedric Soares during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Portugal at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 25, 2018. Jack GUEZ / AFP

Spain and Portugal reached the World Cup last 16 on Monday after two dramatic final group games dominated by VAR decisions.

Spain drew 2-2 with Morocco to top Group B thanks to a late Iago Aspas equaliser that was referred to the video assistant referee and Iran held Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 1-1 draw.

Fernando Hierro’s Spain, the 2010 world champions, will play Russia in the next round in Moscow on Sunday while European champions Portugal face Uruguay in Sochi the previous day.


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