Records CR7 Has Already Equalled/Broken At 2018 World Cup

by Steven Clarke June 28, 2018, 7:08
Records CR7 Has Already Equalled/Broken At 2018 World Cup

Spain coach Fernando Hierro was left frustrated after their 2-2 draw with Morocco for their final World Cup group game. Spain also scored in the 90th minute despite a corner being taken from the wrong side of the goal-posts.

There have now been 19 penalties taken at the 2018 World Cup - more than in any other edition of the competition.

In a high-intensity World Cup match, the rock-solid Iran accomplished a one-for-the-books tie against Portugal.

The two qualified times will face off for top spot, while the Pharaohs will be aiming to record their first ever World Cup victory and avoid the proverbial wooden spoon.

Iran's stoppage time penalty, which forced Portugal into a trickier part of the draw, plus the decision to let Cristiano Ronaldo off with only a yellow card after he appeared to strike an opponent, will be debated for some considerable time.

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent, but Monday morning there were still a few dozen of them playing loud music near the hotel in Saransk city center.

Morocco could find no way through the Persian stonewall in a 1-0 loss and neither could Spain until they conceded a fortuitous Diego Costa goal, the result of a deflection pinging off his knee from an attempted clearance.

Oh, and then Portugal had a penalty.

Federation Internationale de Football Association rules state that players should receive an automatic yellow card for drawing a television screen in the air, but that did not stop them from verbally pressuring Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who had a torrid time.

Of the 98 goals scored at this World Cup, 24 of them have come after the 75th minute.

"But this is not the way, we can't allow the opposition so many chances".

"The reality is you stop the game too far".

There were also two penalties in the game earlier on Monday between Saudi Arabia and Egypt - veteran Egypt goalkeeper Essam Elhadary saved the first before Salman Alfaraj converted the second.


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