Late VAR drama costs Portugal Group B top spot

Late VAR drama costs Portugal Group B top spot
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Iran: Beiranvand; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Hajsafi; Ezatolahi; Jahanbakhsh, Ebrahimi, Amiri, Taremi; Azmoun.
Portugal: Patricio; Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Quaresma, Adrien Silva, W. Carvalho, Mário; André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for this evening. We've been Oliver Emmerson and Harry Robinson and you've been lovely. Until next time, goodbye.

What drama! Iran will be gutted not to get through, a huge chance missed at the end. Portugal can't believe they conceded a penalty, they'll feel like they deserve to be facing Russia in the last 16, not Suarez and Cavani. Ronaldo will look back on that missed penalty with anguish, but he could arguably have been sent off too. 

That's it, Portugal are through. It's a draw, Iran run out of time for a winner and they miss out on progression, coming in a very valiant third place. A controversial late penalty means Portugal only come second, they'll face Uruguay in the next round.

Full-time: Iran 1-1 Portugal 

96: Iran throwing the kitchen sink but the ball's gone out for a goal kick from a cross. Looks like it's going to be too little too late for them.

94: WHAT A CHANCE! Iran should be ahead, they should be through! Taremi pulls to the left hand side of the area and he slams the ball into the side netting, the dink was on! 

GOAL! Ansarifard sends the ball into the roof of the net! Iran have three minutes for a winner!

93: Crazy game this. Cedric Soares punished by VAR for handball in the area...

PENALTY TO IRAN!

90: The Portugal team are incensed at Iran manager Queiroz constantly wandering out of his technical area to scream about decisions. Pepe unsurprisingly having his say. Six minutes of added time.

83: Yellow card for Ronaldo after a very lengthy VAR review for striking an opponent. Didn't look like there was much in it, for me. Elsewhere, Spain have gone behind to Morocco! 

79: Not much coming off for Iran here as they pile the ball into the area.

66: Ronaldo, looking to make up for that penalty miss, works his way in from the left and blazes wide.

64: Quaresma picks up a booking. It's his goal that separates the two teams so far.

56: Getting feisty now. Iran have a penalty appeal turned down, players swarming around the referee. A red card wouldn't surprise me.

SAVED! The 'keeper dives the right way and beats away Ronaldo's penalty. 

52' Penalty! The referee consults the video technology and overturns his decision, Ronaldo will now step up to take the penalty.

50' Big shouts for a Portugal penalty as Ronaldo goes past two in the area before being bundled over. Referee says no but we're going to VAR...

45' Back underway in this one.

Half-time: Iran 0-1 Portugal

45' There's the breakthrough that will come as heartbreak for Iran. Cutting in from the right, it's beautiful play from Quaresma as he uses the outside of his boot to bend the ball up and across goal into the top corner. A real moment of quality, 1-0 Portugal!

GOAL! Quaresma with a moment of magic!

43' Some textbook snide from Cristiano Ronaldo there as he clearly chests the ball out for a corner and is incensed at the referee for giving a goal kick.

34' Chance for Iran as a header is flashed towards goal, straight at the 'keeper.

30' Five Portugal corners already as we hit the half hour mark, this one headed wide by Fonte. 

21' Rui Patricio is sent nervously scrambling across his goal by a Rezaeian free-kick and now he has to run out quickly to meet a through ball to Jahanbakhsh. He does so, and stays down with a knock after getting a leg to the face.

20' Spain are back level in Kalingrad as Isco scores. So, as it stands, Spain top Group B. It was a Ramos and Iniesta lack of communication that led to Morocco's goal. But Spain's equaliser is a typically beautiful Spanish goal.

15' Ronaldo has a free-kick, closes his eyes, pulls his shorts up. It's Spain all over again... no. It's deflected off the wall for a corner. He asks for a penalty as it hits an Iranian player's hand, but it's certainly not deliberate.

14' Portugal's corner comes to nothing, expect another corner. Spain, though, have conceded to Morocco. The African side who are already out are 1-0 ahead thanks to Khalid Boutaib

13' Both of Beiranvand's mistakes have been from Quaresma crosses. He's tried to catch the ball and it's gone through his hands twice. As I said, Portugal will test him from constant crosses after this start. Here's a corner...

12' And again! Another terrible aerial claim from Beiranvand and if there were any nerves for the Iranian goalkeeper, they will have trebled now. He keeps coming out of his net and keeps missing it. 

11' Beiranvand doesn't look entirely confident in the air. He misses a cross and his defence have to sort it out again. Ronaldo may test him from long-range or Portugal's wingers may test him from wide crosses.

10' Long throw into the box from Iran. Not quite the same rolly-polly style as at the end of their last match, a 1-0 defeat to Spain, but just as unsuccessful as they concede a free-kick.

9' Mix-up in the Iranian defence. Goalkeeper Beiranvand claims it but his defender still tries to clear, ensuring huge frustration between the two players. Joao Mario can't capitalise and the bouncing ball is struck high over the crossbar.

8' It's still 0-0 in Spain vs Morocco. As things stand, Spain top the group based on having received fewer yellow cards.

6' Amiri has Iran's first chance after a great counter-attack. A good long-ball up is touched down off to a teammate, and the ball is held up before being fed to Amiri who can't catch his shot well enough and it goes well wide.

5' A lot of noise from the Iranian supporters. Some would say brilliant, those with a preference for songs rather than horns may have a different opinion. You can decide.

2' Ronaldo's first chance of the game. He touches the ball into the box and gets a shot away, forcing Beiranvand to palm it down into the ground before falling on top of it as Ronaldo looked to pounce on the rebound.

19:00 We're underway in both of the final Group B games of the tournament. Uruguay and Russia await the winners of this group after their game earlier. This could be a big one.

18:56 There is something quite stirring about Portugal's anthem before a game. I remember tens of thousands of Portuguese singing it beneath me in Lyon for the Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales. It takes something to out do the Welsh in singing, but they came pretty close.

18:55 Here we go with the Iranian national anthem. Watching footballers sing their anthem out of tune will never fail to be amusing.

18:54 Iran have never got out of the World Cup group stages. But they've rarely had the chance of doing so going into the third game. Over in the night's other fixture, Spain vs Morocco, the latter are already out. But Iran do have a chance. Given they've never beaten European opposition and are against a strong Portugal side, though, that chance is slim.

18:52 The teams are in the tunnel. One is headed by Cristiano Ronaldo. Many times, it's irrelevant who the opposition is when it's that man in action. We'll see today against Iran's tough defence.

18:39 So, where would that draw take place? Well, in the empty Luzkhinki Stadium. There's no fixture there tonight, but that's what the rules say. It would be at 9PM BST, immediately after the two games. Imagine the tension...

18:35 The following would have to happen: Spain and Portugal must finish tonight's games with identical scorelines, whether that's a draw, win or loss. In addition to that, Spain must receive one less yellow card than Portugal.

18:32 Incredibly, we're currently in a situation where a certain set of results tonight would lead to lots being drawn to decide which of Portugal and Spain will finish 1st or 2nd in the group.

18:28 There had been Iranian worries over the fitness of Olympiakos defender Ehsan Haji Safi after a thigh strain against Spain. He starts, though.

18:24 Carlos Quieroz's Iran side have had the least shots on target and least corners so far at the World Cup. That's unlikely to change today with only one change as AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces  Karim Ansarifard.

18:19 For Iran, their '12th man' has certainly been in action at this tournament. 50 Iranians blared horns and chanted outside the Portugal hotel last night, mainly outside Ronaldo's window. He reportedly came to his window to tell them to shut up.

18:15 After four goals in his opening two games, Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to regain the lead in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot tonight. England's Harry Kane, of course, currently leads with five in two games after a hat-trick against Panama. The attacking line-up around Ronaldo has seen some significant change, with  Ricardo Quaresma, Adrien Silva and Andre Silva all coming into the side. Bernando Silva, Joao Moutinho and Goncalo Guedes have been left out.

18:10 Portugal starting XI vs Iran: Patricio; Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Quaresma, Adrien Silva, W. Carvalho, Mário; André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.

18:04 Iran starting XI vs Portugal: Beiranvand; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Hajsafi; Ezatolahi; Jahanbakhsh, Ebrahimi, Amiri, Taremi; Azmoun. 

18:00 Team news is out.

Looking forward to the last 16, as one of these two will be after today, a clash against Uruguay or Russia awaits depending on position.

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz is always good for a quote and a highlight from him in the build up to this one came from his description of how his team won't look to purely stop Cristiano Ronaldo, but to stick to their 3 R'S; Realism about themselves, Respect for the opponent and Romantic views that good teams beat good players. Not a bad way to think about it!

Looking briefly at team news before we get the confirmed XI's, both squads are nearly at full fitness. Ehsan Hajsafi and Joao Moutinho are respective doubts for each side.

Iran's defence has been impressive but it's their attack that's let them down so far, with an own goal being their only source of a goal so far in the tournament. They'll certainly have to step it up today in order to cause what would be the shock of the tournament so far. 

Ronaldo will certainly be looking to fill his boots today, especially after Harry Kane's hat-trick on Sunday saw him edged out in the Golden Boot race. The Portuguese hot-shot is on four after two games, and may profit from Iran needing to win today - he'll be hoping that leaves their defence a little more exposed than in previous games. 

Portugal are currently level on points with Spain and will go through with a draw as they're a point ahead of Iran, who must win. Most expect Spain and Portugal to win their respective games this evening, leaving a straight shoot-out on goal difference to decide who will go through. That comes as a result of the two teams having drawn 3-3 in their opener before Morocco lost to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal and Spain dispatched Iran 1-0. Credit must go to both of the losing teams in Matchday 2 for being so competitive, especially to Iran who are still alive in the competition after beating Morocco 1-0 in their first group game. 

Spain and Morocco are the other two teams in the group and they'll kick-off at 7PM also, Morocco already in the knowledge that they've been dumped from the tournament whilst it'd taken something extraordinary for Spain not to go through.

After Group A concluded earlier today, we're now properly up and running in Matchday 3, with each group set to conclude and offer us our last 16 line-up.

Good evening everyone and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of tonight's crunch World Cup clash between Iran and Portugal, as the two teams battle for progression from Group B. I'm Oliver Emmerson and I'll be taking you through events as they occur, kick-off is set for 7PM UK time so keep with us as we build up to the game and get that all important team news!