Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo spared red card after thuggish act against Iran

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo spared red card after thuggish act against Iran

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo spared red card after thuggish act against Iran

SARANSK, RUSSIA - JUNE 25: Cedric of Portugal tackles Saman Ghoddos of Iran during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia.

As Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Portugal squad prepared to take on Iran in tonight's final group stage fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, hundreds of excited Iranian fans spent several hours last night, surrounding the Portuguese national team's hotel.

Those in charge of VAR called the incident to the referee's attention, but the Paraguayan official, Enrique Cáceres, did not feel there was motive to send Ronaldo off.

Despite suffering a defeat against Spain in the last game, Iran were pretty solid in the defensive department which will be a huge boost for head coach Carlos Queiroz.

"The reality is you stop the game to VAR".

After missing a second half penalty to double his country's lead, the Real Madrid man clashed with Morteza Pouraliganji, throwing an elbow in the direction of the Iran defender. Ronaldo is level with Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku in the race for the golden boot, leaving eternal rival Lionel Messi in the dust as Argentina scrap to stay in the competition.

"I said it yesterday and I repeat it now, I don't want to know if my daughter is a bit pregnant, only fully pregnant". Two penalties were awarded by it, as well as a subjective decision concerning Cristiano Ronaldo for a red card.

"The question for me is not about referees, it is about the attitude and the bravery and the character".

"The decisions must be clear for everybody, for the people".

"In my opinion, Mr Infantino and Federation Internationale de Football Association, everybody must agree that VAR is not going well, that is the reality. That is the reality".

Mohamed Salah scored his second goal of the competition against Saudi Arabia (Picture: Getty) Saudi Arabia leave Russian Federation with a win the celebrate. "Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes and referees make mistakes", said Queiroz.

Russian Federation were reduced to ten men before the break Igor Smolnikov was shown a second yellow card after just 35 minutes, effectively killing off his side's hopes of a second-half comeback. "Give me a break".

Ricardo Quaresma struck a brilliant opening goal with a trademark curling effort using the outside of his right foot on the stroke of half-time. Queiroz's side are now on three points and need a victory to secure passage into the knock-put stages.

Monday's World Cup results filled in the teams for some of this weekend's Round of 16 matches.

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