Quaresma’s goal at the brink of half-time put Portugal ahead- and what a goal it was, from the outer box straight into the top corner.
Ansarifard equalized from the spot at the 93rd minute of the game, but what caught the attention of everyone was when talisman Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty! Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition
Both sides go into their third Group B game hoping that it will not be their last appearance at Russia 2018. The difference is that a draw would be enough for Portugal to progress, while IR Iran need a win to secure qualification and break new ground in the process. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals
The Iranians showed themselves to be formidable opponents in their first two matches, particularly impressing in defence. Their resilience was rewarded with a clean sheet against Morocco, while one mistake cost them against Spain. On the other hand, they were far more threatening going forward against La Roja, creating a number of clear-cut chances. Had they had a bit more luck, they could have scored more than the solitary goal they managed against Morocco.
Also Read - Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus Reflects on His Dipped Form Following World Cup Campaign
It is no secret that this Portugal side revolves around Cristiano Ronaldo, to whom they are indebted for their four points to date. Having bagged a hat-trick to earn the European champions a share of the spoils against Spain, he hit the winner against Morocco to take his country a step closer to qualification. However, with A Selecção das Quinas determined to avoid a repeat of their group-stage exit at Brazil 2014, Ronaldo’s team-mates know that they cannot afford to put all their eggs in the basket of their talismanic captain, lest he have an off day in front of goal.