Last night, a group of Iranian supporters gathered outside the hotel of the Portuguese national team, where they sang and chanted for hours, in order to disrupt the sleep of the Portuguese players. Portugal will be hoping not only to win but to produce a performance more convincing than the turgid fare they produced in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Morocco.
Portugal's best chance came in the ninth miniute when Joao Mario had an open goal but the midfielder could shoot only wide much to the bewilderment of his teammates. Portugal then crashed out in the group stage four years ago in Brazil, but Ronaldo is single-handedly leading their quest in Russian Federation with all four of his team's goals so far. I soon felt certain that they are a very strong team: nine wins, one draw, conceding only two goals with Syria when they qualified.
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"We have a game on Monday".
Until now, VAR had been used rather well at this World Cup. Iran, who beat Morocco 1-0 before falling to Spain by the same scoreline, must beat Portugal to reach the latter stages of the World Cup for the first time.
Dias, however, said that despite a slow start in this year's World Cup, his side could improve further as the tournament progresses.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has four goals in two games, putting him in the conversation for the Golden Boot.
Preview: Iran's primary objective will be to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring when they take on Portugal in a Group B tie of the FIFA World Cup at the Mordovia Arena on Monday.
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