Portugal 1 – Iran 1
Iran are out of the 2018 World Cup.
The Persians were sent packing from Russia are a thrilling 1-1 draw with Portugal on Tuesday night.
Iran finished the World Cup with one win, one draw and one defeat. They are leaving Russia with their heads held high.
Many believe that Iran were robbed against the European champions.
A stunning outside-of-the-boot strike from Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal the lead. But Iran levelled with an injury time penalty converted by Karim Ansarifard.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he saw a second half penalty saved by the Iranian goalie.
And should Ronaldo have been sent off? The Real Madrid star was booked for elbowing Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji in the face.
That booking only came after a review from VAR.
Carlos Queiroz: Why Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t sent off
After the match, Portuguese national and Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz vented about the Cristiano Ronaldo booking.
For Queiroz, who worked with Ronaldo at Manchester United, the Portugal star should have been sent off.
There is only one reason why Ronaldo stayed on the pitch, argued Queiroz. The ref bottled it as Ronaldo’s status took over. Queiroz said:
It is an elbow and if there is an elbow it is a red card.
The rules don’t say if it is [Lionel] Messi or Ronaldo it is only a little bit of an elbow. It is a red card. How can he give a yellow for an elbow? What is the difference in an elbow made by Ronaldo or someone else? The VAR washes his hands like [Pontius] Pilate.
Everyone agrees that VAR is not going well. The only countries that do not complain are Portugal and Spain.
After exiting the World Cup, Queiroz is expected to step down as the Iran coach.
As for Portugal, they will take on Uruguay in the last 16.