World Cup 2018 day 7 wrap results scores news ronaldo portugal suarez uruguay spain
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World Cup 2018 day 7 wrap results scores news ronaldo portugal suarez uruguay spain

October 9, 2019


The 2018 World Cup has tossed up its fair share of upsets but normal service resumed on day 7 with favourites Portugal, Uruguay and Spain all getting home Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo broke a record along the way while Uruguay’s Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap with a goal Here’s your wrap of all the latest news and results! Spain has squeezed 1-0 past a dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa on Wednesday The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard’s leg and into the net in the 54th minute Defending deeply, it seemed evident the Iranians were playing for set-pieces and Spanish frustration spilled over after Beiranvand’s over-the-top reaction to a clash with Costa The first half ended with Silva twice denied by a wall of Iranian defenders and half-time merely paused the inevitable as Spain set out in the second half with renewed intent Beiranvand hooked a Gerard Pique effort off his line then pulled off a fortunate double save to deny first Sergio Busquets then Lucas Vazquez Iran almost grabbed the lead out of nowhere in the 53rd minute when Karim Ansarifard lashed a low shot from the left flank which squeezed into the side-netting And Spain made them pay within a minute when Costa turned on an Iniesta through-ball in the box and steered home, after the ball had ricocheted off Ramin Rezaeian and back onto the striker Far from signalling a renewed spell of Spanish dominance, the goal revitalised Iran and they thought they had equalised on the hour when Ezatolahi prodded home on the hour only for the referee to rule the strike out after a VAR check for offside Iran belatedly continued to press, and they almost grabbed an equaliser again nine minutes from time when Mehdi Taremi headed just over after Vahid Amiri beat Pique and crossed from the left The result left Spain joint top of their group with Portugal on four points, but Iran close behind on three going into the third and final set of games Luis Suarez has marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup, benefiting from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win Suarez tapped in midway through the first half on Wednesday, after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points behind hosts Russia Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran Suarez’s goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.“All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round,” man of the match Suarez said “Today was another demonstration that it is so difficult to win a game in a World Cup “This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result, and we’re very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row ” With temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, the teams got off to a cautious start Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani wasted numerous chances, including one in the 14th minute when he skied a half volley over the bar The stadium burst into life in the 23rd minute when an unmarked Suarez coolly tapped into an empty net from a corner kick after keeper Al-Owais came out but misjudged his jump and couldn’t reach the ball Suarez has now scored in three consecutive World Cups.The Saudis continued to move the ball around but barely threatened the Uruguay defence Cristiano Ronaldo has powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday The result means the North African side becomes the first to be eliminated from the tournament However, Portugal coach Fernando Santos was unimpressed with the performance.They struggled to impose themselves and ended up defending for long spells “We have to look at this, we lost control of the game,” Santos said.”We misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence it was inexplicable.“If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they wear you down and you get into trouble ” Morocco qualified for the tournament without conceding a goal in six matches yet somehow opted against marking Ronaldo, the most dangerous attacker in Russia, in the six-yard box when Joao Moutinho swung in a cross from a short corner Ronaldo duly buried the header, scoring his 85th international goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas’s European record Only Iran’s Ali Daei is ahead of him on 109.Morocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well after the goal and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball and Amrabat furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro The midfielder began the game with head protection after being seemingly knocked unconscious against Iran five days ago in a sight that will have left medical professionals fuming about soccer’s feeble concussion protocols Morocco looked dangerous and were the dominant side in the second half.Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda’s sharp header but Medhi Benatia’s shot over the bar was more typical of their finishing from half-a-dozen reasonable chances “I’m not disappointed about the performance, I’m happy with it and very proud of my players,” emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard told reporters “As in the first game, we had a lot of chances and I won’t criticise anyone.” Portugal complete their first round against Iran while Morocco face Spain

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