Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Portugal ready for 'tough battle' with Iran, Santos says

Portugal won't get any trouble from Iran and neither will bettors Ronaldo Reacts After Iranian Fans Make Noise Outside Portugal's Hotel
Charles Bowen | 25 June, 2018, 22:44

Confused? Don't sweat it, Portugal will make easy work of Iran, which has yet to score in the tournament (an own goal gave it a win vs. Morocco) and hasn't had a shot on target in the last 135-plus minutes of play. However, they could go through with a draw should Spain lose heavily to Morocco, as Fernando Hierro's side are on four points along with Portugal. 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.

Iran attacked relentlessly but the tale of lack of precision in the final third continued past the 20 mninute mark when Iran's Ramin Rezaeian could only manage a shot way above the crossbar. "Messi is very good, but it is clear that he is very good because he is surrounded by extraordinary players (at Barcelona)", Simeone said, in an audio recording published by Spanish media outlets. Have your say in the comments section below. Here at The Hard Tackle, we pick out three players who could play a vital role in this highly anticipated encounter. Ronaldo was at the four-star Mercure hotel, Saransk, Russia.

Ronaldo has been on a tear since the start of the World Cup.

"Portugal are not only a contender; they're one of the favourites for the title".

Team Melli will advance to the competition's next stage for the first time in its history with a win over Portugal.

More news: Uruguay thrash Russian Federation 3-0 with top Group A

The former Real Madrid head coach and Manchester United assistant has been in charge of the Iran national side since 2011.

Spain's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goal against Portugal.

Boss Carlos Queiroz says his players can not wait to test themselves against Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of Portugal's "great players", and claimed this would be his team's "most hard challenge".

Iran have three points after beating Morocco by a solitary goal in the opening match of the group stage.

In today's Group B match, Iran vs Portugal match will take place in Saransk on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 11:30 PM (IST).

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