Iran Goalie Not Boastful About Saving Ronaldo's Penalty Kick!
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 01, 2018,
Jul 01, 2018, 0:37
From a bitter supporter of the eliminated German team at World Cup, soccer didn't need anything else to slow down the game.
Argentina got their World Cup campaign off to a disappointing start as they were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw against tournament newcomers Iceland in their opening match and there was a controversial penalty claim waved away without consulting VAR. The review showed Mbark Boussoufa had played Aspas marginally onside and the goal was awarded, with major consequences as Spain moved ahead Portugal at the top of Group B.
There will be a familiar face in the Iran dugout in Carlos Queiroz, a long-time friend of Santos´s who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.
"The reality is you stop the game for VAR and there is an elbow".
The Spanish goal was awarded after a lengthy review by the Video Assistant Referee.
However, with time nearly up, Iran were awarded a penalty after Portugal defender Cedric Soares was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area as he challenged for a cross.
In the first half, Portugal scored the first goal thanks to a stunning Ricardo Quaresma strike and later on Ronaldo missed a penalty.
Nonetheless, the pundit says that Ronaldo, openly motivated by personal records, will be particularly upset at missing out on a chance to go level with Harry Kane, who has scored five goals at Russian Federation 2018 in just two games. It could easily have been ruled a red, but Caceres is standing there staring at a monitor, knowing that the red would not only have left Portugal down a man for the remainder of the match, but would have kept one of the game's biggest stars out of his country's next match. So the question it is for me, as I said before, it is not about the refs, it's about the attitude and the bravery and the character.
Recall that Iran played a draw with Portugal, nearly knocking her from the tournament.