World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

Tanya Simon
June 26, 2018

With his second strike against La Furia Roja, the 33-year-old became only the second Portuguese to score a World Cup goal from outside the box, joining Deco, who managed to do so against Iran in 2006.

Spain will now take on hosts Russian Federation, who finished second in Group A, in the round of 16 on Saturday while Portugal will face Group A winners Uruguay on Sunday.

An early freekick from Barcelona's Luis Suarez, an own goal from Denis Cheryshev and a late strike from Edinson Cavani sealed top spot in Group A for Uruguay, with Russian Federation through to the knockout stages as runners-up.

It did not take long for Uruguay to take control of Group A Monday, as Suarez gave his team a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute from a free kick.

Two previously eliminated teams, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will play in the first dead rubber of the 2018 World Cup, as both teams try to leave the tournament with a victory.

Hours later, Cristiano Ronaldo was given a spot kick in Portugal's Group B finale with Iran, which broke the record as the 19th penalty of the finals.

The Russians - who must now regroup before their last-16 match against the winners of Group B - were rocked by a red card for Igor Smolnikov about 10 minutes from half-time in Samara when they were already trailing 2-0.

Iran was awarded a penalty after a review led the match official to call a hand ball against a Portugal defender. While its first three games have been a struggle, the team knows it is yet to play at its best and still has a keeper, defense and midfield that any other team in the world would kill for.

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But it took him until October that year to open his Premier League account with a goal in a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace.

Spain survived a real scare from a spirited Morocco side who had been leading 2-1 when the 90th minute began.

He could not keep out Salman Al Faraj's spot-kick just before half-time, though, and Salem Al Dawsari scored the victor with effectively the last kick of the game at the Volgograd Arena. Portugal will play Uruguay Saturday at 2 p.m.EDT on Fox.

It was Group A up first on Monday. Both games can also be seen on

Spain vaults past Portugal by virtue of goals scored.

Spain and Portugal remain favourites to qualify but with both only a point above Iran, nothing is settled yet.

Probably. Iceland needs to win, and have Argentina beat Nigeria by less than Iceland beats Croatia, to qualify.

"My father didn't like football at all and he asked me to work", Beiranvand said in the Guardian profile.

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