Cristiano Ronaldo will have another challenge at hand as Portugal take on Iran in their last Group B encounter at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk. Portugal and Ronaldo have been impressive during a win over Morocco and the draw against arch-rivals Spain. Still, the threat of an elimination at the group league stage is not over for the Ronaldo-led team.
Iran, in spite of a defeat at the hands of Spain, will be gunning for Portugal in what is their last chance of survival in the FIFA World Cup 2018. The winner of the Iran-Portugal tie is assured of a berth in the round-of-16. The loser will have his hopes pinned on the Spain-Morocco tie, scheduled for a concurrent 11.30 PM India time start at Kaliningrad.
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WORLD CUP ACTION ON MONDAY
RUSSIA vs URUGUAY– 7:30 pm IST
In a rampaging form, hosts Russia take on Uruguay in what will be a game more of academic interest as far as qualification to the round-of-16 is concerned. The fate of the two teams has conclusively been sealed with their respective first two Group Stage matches.
Both the teams go into the match having already booked their tickets to the round of sixteen with wins in their earlier two Group Stage matches. The in-form hosts however top the Group A table for having a better goal difference (+7), to Uruguay’s +2 even as they are tied on six points apiece. The first match of the day will though see an intense battle for the Group A supremacy.
Hosts undoubtedly are placed better on form and goal difference. Uruguay will be gunning for yet another win as a draw does not help them in changing the group equation.
SAUDI ARABIA vs EGYPT – 7:30 pm IST
Saudi Arabia and Egypt will go through the motions in this last Group A encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The return home is confirmed for the two winless teams from the Group even going into the match.
Saudi Arabia fear the ire of fans back home. Though the Kingdom and the football association bosses have denied that the some of the players face punishment for their poor showing in the 0-5 drubbing during at the hands of Russia in the tournament opener. The team will be looking for that elusive win to undo some damage.
The game remains inconsequential from the FIFA World Cup 2018 perspective for both the teams now. However, fans can still except some high octane action as Saudi Arabia and Egypt play it out for pride and damage control at the Volgograd arena this evening.
SPAIN vs MOROCCO – 11:30 pm IST
Morocco have got nothing to lose as they take on Spain in their Group B encounter at the Kaliningrad Arena on Monday. However, they hold enough threat to spoil the Party for Spain, who are placed atop the Group with arch-rivals Portugal. An upset at the hands of Morocco can potentially still throw Spain out of the tournament on peculiar combinations and permutations also involving the outcome of the other match.
Having lost their earlier two games to Portugal and Iran, Morocco returns home after their last Group B tie against Spain. They will be playing to salvage their pride. Spain needs to be cautious.
PORTUGAL vs IRAN – 11:30 pm IST
A Portugal game will attract more fan support than any other FIFA World Cup 2018 team on Cristiano Ronaldo’s global fan base. CR7 has been leading the team from the front. The team is still not assured of a berth in the Round of 16. The winner from today’s game between Portugal and Iran will be through to the next round.
A draw, while seeing Portugal through, may still make interesting equation if Morocco manages to hold Spain in the other Group B tie scheduled for the day.