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Ronaldo aging like 'port wine' at fourth World Cup

Ronaldo aging like 'port wine' at fourth World Cup

Both sides then went on to win their second games of the tournament 1-0 on Wednesday, Portugal beating Morocco in the early game through a Cristiano Ronaldo before Spain beat Iran through Diego Costa's lucky strike.

Spain would be first in the group if they beat Morocco and if Portugal fail to secure a win against Iran.

Spain are level on four points with Portugal and have an identical goal difference and head-to-head record to the European champions.

Croatia go into Thursday's game top of the group standings after starting their tournament with a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday while Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland the same day, including Messi having a second-half penalty saved.

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant. Uruguay are second in Group A with six points from two games after host Russian Federation with six points as well.

For Iran to finally achieve their dream against Portugal, Queiroz thought, would be all the more remarkable given the gulf that has opened up between European countries and the rest of the football world. To put that in perspective, consider that only two players at the 2014 World Cup had more.

Morocco possessed and surprisingly dominated the proceedings for prolonged periods of the game but their lack of experience means they do not make it out of their group. That leaves us three teams fighting for the final two spots. Nos.

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On Wednesday, Uruguay had already booked their place in the knockout stage.

"We will be working hard to get this win and to qualify for the next round".

Ronaldo leads Portugal into their next match on Monday against Iran, the runner up to Portugal in Group B. We need to do better than that.

What's next? Australia look to bounce back from their first up loss to France when they play Denmark at midnight (NZT) tonight.

"If he isn't the best player in history, he's at least one of them".

"We were not lying yesterday when we said in the press conference Iran is a tough team", said Spain coach Fernando Hierro, who replaced the sacked Julen Lopetegui only two days before their opening match against Portugal.


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