FIFA WORLD CUP

Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Referee: Eric Poulat | Attendance: 48000

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Portugal

  • Deco 63'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 80' PEN

2 - 0

FT

Game 24

  •  

    That's it! The final whistle blows and Portugal are through to the next round as Iran tumble out. Not the best game, but probably the right result.

  • 90'

    ...Pauleta smashes in a shot from the right that Ronaldo turns into the net. But the flag is up for offside.

  • 90'

    It's time for the party tricks for Portugal, who are flicks and tricks now. Petit hits a shot from 25-yards that Mirzapour palms away...

  • 90'

    From the corner Nekounam has a great chance to head home but his effort drifts wide of the far post. A good chance for Iran.

  • 90'

    Hashemian races into the box, looking for a consolation goal, but can only win a corner.

  • 89'

    Teymourian takes a dive as an Iran break runs out of options. The ref awards nothing.

  • 88'

    Five mintues after the foul occurred Ronaldo stands over the freekick.....and smashes it into the outside of the post. The keeper was scrambling.

  • 87'

    After all that Portugal make their final change and take off Figo for Sabrosa. 'Figo, Figo' chant the fans.

  • 86'

    ...Yahya Golmohammadi has now gone off the pitch clutching his shoulder but the ref still shows him the yellow card.

  • 85'

    The Iran defender is still down, so maybe I do him a wrong...

  • 84'

    Ronaldo chests the ball down with great skill and is then taken out by Golmohammadi, who then pretends to injured to avoid a booking.

  • 83'

    Khatibi is caught offside as a promising Iran move comes to an end.

  • 82'

    Portugal are going through to the next round, unless the unthinkable happens, and are happy just to keep possession.

  • 81'

    And that's it the ref blows the final whistle....oh no he doesn't, that's just my wishful thinking.

  • 80'

    Whilst roanldo milks the applause Portugal make a change. Tiago replaces Deco. Job done for Scolari's side.

  • 79'

    Ronaldo will take the penalty. The winger steps up and smashes the ball high into the roof of the net. GOAL!!!!

  • 78'

    Portugal head straight down the other end and Yahya Golmohammadi hacks down the winger. Penalty!

  • 77'

    Zandi makes up for his woeful freekick with great ball from the left. Hashermian's header forces a good low save from Ricardo.

  • 76'

    ...Zandi strikes it straight into the wall. That is about par for the course!

  • 75'

    Do I speak too soon? Iran have a freekick in a dangerous position on the right of the box...

  • 74'

    Ronaldo does 15 stepovers and wins a throw.... that is how exciting this game has become. Portugal are now conservative and Iran aren't really going for it.

  • 72'

    Ronaldo races down the flank and Kaabi is forced to foul him. The rightback gets booked for his troubles.

  • 71'

    Ronaldo wins a corner. Deco's delivery is cleared but Meira halts Teymourian's attempted break.

  • 70'

    Figo falls over in the box...must have been a long blade of grass or something.

  • 68'

    A reminder there for Portugal - a 1-0 lead can easily be lost.

  • 67'

    Meira misjudges a longball and sub Khatibi latches onto the end of it. The striker shoots from a tight angle and forces a good save from Ricardo.

  • 66'

    It's sub central! Portugal now make a change. Maniche reluctantly goes off and is replaced by Petit.

  • 65'

    Iran make another change and Khatibi comes on to replace Madanchi. An attacking substitution.

  • 64'

    Iran make a change. Playmaker Karimi, who has been unable to get into the game, is replaced by Zandi.

  • 64'

    At last! A goal! Iran have to push forward now.

  • 64'

    ...Deco hits a sweet strike from 20-yards out that beats the keeper and nestles in the back of the net. GOAL!!!

  • 63'

    Figo breaks down the left, Valente takes the defender away with an overlapping run but Figo cuts it back for Deco....

  • 62'

    Mahdavikia puts in great ball to the back post but Portugal manage to scramble the ball clear.

  • 61'

    Mahdavikia breaks down the left and is hacked down by Miguel, who gets booked.

  • 60'

    Figo hits a speculative shot from 30-yards, which is saved...surprise, surprise.

  • 59'

    This is beginning to get frustrating to watch.

  • 58'

    Deco goes down in a heap but the ref waves play on. Iran happy to pass it around the back four after a bit of an attack earlier.

  • 57'

    Mahdavikia crosses from the right but Hashemian can't control the ball on the edge of the box...is this the first sign of Iran pushing forward?

  • 56'

    Hashemian links up well with Mahdavikia, but he has no support and is forced to shoot. His right footed strike trickles through to the goalkeeper.

  • 55'

    A good spell for Portugal, keeping the pressure on.

  • 54'

    Ronaldo runs at the fullback, gains a yard, shoots at the near post and brings a great save out of Mirzapour.

  • 53'

    Valente crosses form the left. Pauleta can only flick at the ball with his heel and his improvised shot goes wide.

  • 52'

    Pauleta keeps the ball in play. Deco lobs a ball over the defence for the striker but Rezaei strains his neck muscles to head clear.

  • 51'

    Some good on touch passing ends with Maniche's poor touch. Valente wins the ball back.

  • 50'

    Iran keep possession but it all gets a bit hopeful in the final third. Mahdavikia's cross is blocked.

  • 48'

    Mahdavikia with a great tackle on Ronaldo, who chases down the defender and wins the ball back again.

  • 47'

    Deco gets a bit carried away with his new found 'hardness' and kicks an Iran player in the face as he challenges for a high ball. Yellow card.

  • 46'

    Delicate Deco battles for, and wins, the ball in midfield. That could be a good sign of Portugal's determination for this second-half.

  • 45'

    Portugal get us underway for the second-half. Neither team has made any changes.

  •  

    The whistle goes for half-time with the score still level at 0-0. Portugal have made all the running but Iran have frustrated the European side and are not out of this yet.

  • 45'

    Meira steps out of the defence and starts a break. Ronaldo goes down under pressure from Rezaei but the freekick goes the other way. Ronaldo is frustrated, as are Portugal.

  • 44'

    Pauleta catches Iran defender Golmohammadi as he clears the ball and gets booked - largely for the reaction of Golmohammadi.

  • 43'

    Deco spots Miguel's run down the flank. The defender smashes a shot across the Iran goalkeeper, who gets a touch on the ball and forces it past the far post.

  • 42'

    Miguel is back on his feet and the game resumes.

  • 41'

    Miguel falls heavily after winning a header and needs treatment. Ricardo looks concerned for his fullback.

  • 40'

    Mahdavikia attacks down the right flank. His cut back is too far behind his strikers and Figo chases back to clear for Portugal.

  • 39'

    Maniche blocks an Iran break by handling the ball but doesn't receive a yellow card.

  • 38'

    Teymourian wins a throw deep in Portugal's half. There is a lot of huff and puff on the flank but nothing comes from it.

  • 37'

    A few squirts from the magic water bottle and Figo is back in the pitch...will he be up for a little bit of retribution?

  • 36'

    Figo is down clutching his face after being kicked by Karimi. A Karate kick of the highest grade!

  • 34'

    Ronaldo skips inside the fullback and smashes a left foot shot into the side netting. Surely only a matter of time before the goal comes...

  • 33'

    Portugal are knocking at the door but can't seem to get that vital goal.

  • 32'

    Figo can't beat the rightback Kaabi, but he does win a corner. Ronaldo goes close with a header from the set piece.

  • 30'

    Madanchi gets booked for a foul on Ronaldo.

  • 29'

    Hashemain smuggles the ball through the Portugal defence for Teymourian to latch onto. The midfielder smacks a shot against the post but the flag is up for offside.

  • 28'

    Figo delivers a corner from the left. Carvalho leaps highest but glances his header wide. That was a good chance for Portugal.

  • 27'

    Figo, who has switched to the left flank, beats his two defenders but his cross is poor and is cleared by Rezaei.

  • 25'

    Nekounam loses possession. Ronaldo beats the leftback, but slices his cross out of play with players waiting in the box.

  • 24'

    Valente attempts to pick out lone striker paulette, but his pass is overhit.

  • 23'

    Nosrati wins a freekick on the left. Goalkeeper Ricardo punches the cross off the head of Hashemian.

  • 22'

    Nosrati tackles Deco and Iran have a three on three break. But the defender stands on the ball and Portugal recover.

  • 21'

    Mahdavikia hits the ball into a danger area from the right. Hashemian tries to get on the end of it but is blocked out by two Portugal defenders.

  • 20'

    Deco stays on his feet for once and dances through three challenges. His through-pass catches Pauleta offside.

  • 19'

    Figo intercepts a pass and gets fouled by Nekounam, who gets booked and will miss Iran's next match.

  • 18'

    Kaabi probes the right and switches play to the left after finding no way through. A good spell of possession comes to an end with another hopeful pass.

  • 17'

    Ricardo mops up yet another long-ball pass from Iran.

  • 16'

    Figo crosses from the right and Mirzapour comes off his line to punch clear. One way traffic at the moment. Iran under seige.

  • 15'

    ...It's the same Maniche routine as before but the midfielder hits his shot wide this time.

  • 14'

    Deco takes a short corner and then draws a foul to win a better angle to deliver the cross...

  • 13'

    Madanchi hits a brilliant cross-field pass for Hashemain, who brings the ball down but can't beat Miguel to get a shot away.

  • 12'

    Deco latches onto a deflected shot, spins and draws a great save form the Iran keeper Mirzapour, who palms the ball over the bar.

  • 11'

    Mahdavikia puts good delivery into the area and Nekounam heads wide. A good chance for Iran. Set pieces might offer their best chance for a goal.

  • 10'

    Mahdavikia whips in a freekick. Carvalho heads clear and Portugal break with Ronaldo. The winger's cut back is behind Pauleta and the move breaks down.

  • 8'

    Iran probe down the left flank again - maybe they see rightback Miguel as a weak link. But Miguel drives forward and forces a block in the box to dispel that theory.

  • 7'

    Figo delivers the corner deep to edge of the box for Maniche, who smashes a shot wide.

  • 6'

    Carvalho cuts out a through-ball intended for Hashemian and Portugal are on the attack. Valente wins a corner.

  • 5'

    Ronaldo steals the ball deep in the Iran half. Maniche, who could be carrying a few extra pounds, swivels and shoots high and wide from outside the area.

  • 4'

    Nosrati attempts to link with Mandanchi down the left flank but with no joy. Both teams are probing at the moment.

  • 3'

    Iran hoof the ball forward down the flank. It's nowhere near anybody - hope that isn't a sign of things to come.

  • 2'

    Figo has started on the right with Ronaldo on the left, but I'm sure they will switch. Iran have packed the defence.

  • 1'

    Iran, in all white, get the game underway - kicking from right to left. Portugal are wearing their port coloured kit.

  •  

    The teams are on the pitch, the anthems are playing and it's moments until this Group D match kicks-off...

  •  

    If Portugal win they go through, if Iran lose they go out. Simple as that.

  •  

    Iran: (4-4-2) 1-Ebrahim Mirzapour; 13-Hossein Kaebi, 5-Rahman Rezaei, 4-Yahya Golmohammadi, 20-Mohammad Nosrati; 2-Mehdi Mahdavikia, 6-Javad Nekonam, 8-Ali Karimi, 14-Andranik Taymoorian; 21-Mehrzad Madanchi, 9-Vahid Hashemian

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    Portugal (4-5-1) 1-Ricardo; 13-Miguel, 16-Ricardo Carvalho, 5-Fernando Meira, 14-Nuno Valente; 20-Deco, 6-Costinha, 18-Maniche, 7-Luis Figo, 17-Cristiano Ronaldo; 9-Pauleta

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Portugal

  • 19(9)

  • -

  • 18

  • 63%

    37%

  • Iran

  • 8(3)

  • -

  • 17

Portugal

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Ricardo

D

5 Fernando Meira

D

13 Miguel

D

14 Nuno Valente

D

16 Ricardo Carvalho

M

6 Costinha

M

7 Luis Figo
F
11 Simão

M

18 Maniche
M
8 Petit

M

20 Deco
M
19 Tiago

F

9 Pedro Miguel Pauleta

F

17 Cristiano Ronaldo
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Jorge Paulo Santos
G 12 Quim
D 2 Paulo Ferreira
D 3 Caneira
D 4 Ricardo Costa
M 8 Petit
M 10 Hugo Viana
M 19 Tiago
F 11 Simão
F 15 Luis Boa Morte
F 21 Nuno Gomes
F 23 Hélder Postiga

Match Stats

  • Portugal
  • Iran
19(9) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
18 Fouls 17
14 Corner kicks 1
3 Offsides 3
63% Time of Possession 37%
3 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 7
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