Dave's Dribble: Portugal 1-1 Iran

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2018

Ronaldo will be hoping to continue his scoring streak in Russian Federation with his new Mercurial Superfly 360 boots as he bids to win the golden boot and World Cup.

But I think Iran, without any doubt in my opinion, with the discipline, with the attitude, with the way we controlled the game, if there was some justice in football - which doesn't exist - only one victor would have come out in this 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.

Schmeichel believes that Ronaldo played in this match bad, and yellow card made him a happy man.

The fans became so loud that at one point, Ronaldo was seen in the window pleading with the Iranian supporters to keep the noise down.

Queiroz's complaints had to be taken with a pinch of salt, after his side were generously awarded a VAR-assisted penalty in the same game.

Russian Federation 2018 has broken the record for the most penalties awarded in a World Cup, with VAR continuing to dominate debate.

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The Portugal players are fully aware of the threat Uruguay carry and seemed focused as they begun their preparations for Saturday's clash.

The simultaneous sequences bumped Portugal into second place in the group and Spain into first, thanks to the goals-scored tiebreaker, flipping the group on its head and setting up Spain-Russia, Portugal-Uruguay last-16 matchups. There was minimal contact and Caceres originally waved off a foul. I don't want to know if my daughter is "a little bit" pregnant or there is evidence. An elbow is a red card in the rules.

"I need to know if I am grandfather or no. It was as if I was dreaming that someone woke me up", says Beiranvand who is playing in his first World Cup!

The video is not making the decision - that ultimate responsibility still lies with the on and off-field referees - it's how they use it that should be questioned.

All of a sudden, VAR had been revealed to be just like any other replay system: a process meant to reduce the number of controversies by correcting human error was now only adding to the controversies because there was still human judgment involved.

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos called Iran "the best Asian team" at the moment.

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