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Spain and Portugal target last 16 as Russian Federation ride momentum

Spain and Portugal target last 16 as Russian Federation ride momentum

"They have a lot of ability as a team and not just as a defensive team".

As I have already mentioned up above what you will be assured of is that Portugal will be aiming to blast into the bag of the Iran net as many goals as they can do today and I doubt Iran will do the same in the back of the Portugal net!

With Peru out after failing to score in either of their defeats, Australia will be hoping for three points that would draw them level with Denmark, should they lose to France.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia also go head-to-head in a dead rubber.

But it will not be easy this time when they face Iran, coached by former Portugal tactician Carlos Queiroz. With the victor, Ronaldo passed Puskas for the most worldwide goals by a European player with 85.

Morocco were more than in this game and in the second half Nordin Amrabat smacked the crossbar, Boutaïb went close once again and with ten minutes to play, Malaga forward Youssef En-Nesyri scored a superb header to stun Fernando Hierro's men.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the state of play in the remaining groups, with Argentina and Germany having work to do and England battling with Belgium to top Group G. The question for all four countries is whether they will win their group or advance as the runner-up.




What can happen? Argentina need to beat Nigeria on Wednesday morning and cross their fingers that Croatia do not lose to Iceland. The South Americans, behind a winning free-kick goal from Luis Suarez, pounded Russian Federation 3-0 to win the group with nine out of nine possible points. With a draw against Argentina, it will come down to how Iceland does against Croatia. South Korea can still edge through if they beat Germany and Mexico beat Sweden, and there's at least a two-goal margin in there somewhere.

Portugal will qualify with a draw against Iran.

Portugal defender Pepe, a long-time teammate of Ronaldo's at Real, said it was a "privilege" for the country to have a player such as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

If both Brazil and Switzerland win then the group victor could be decided by disciplinary records: Brazil have three yellows, Switzerland four.

Serbia must beat Brazil to qualify but a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one goal. I soon felt certain that they are a very strong team: nine wins, one draw, conceding only two goals with Syria when they qualified. England are now on two yellows to the three of Belgium.

In Group H, Japan and Senegal both have four points, while Colombia have three points.

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