Legendary Cristiano Ronaldo has not only scored all of Portugal’s goals in this World Cup so far but also guided them to edge closer to a Round of 16 spot. But the job is yet to be done as they will have to snatch a result against the energetic Iranians, managed by ex-Portuguese gaffer Carlos Queiroz, who went down fighting against Spain and need to win against the Euro 2016 winners, thus, cause a massive upset by making it to the knockouts of the tournament.
Portugal earned a hard-fought win against impressive Morocco who did everything but failed to find the back of the net. Earlier, Fernando Santos’ men clinched an exciting 3-3 draw versus Spain where Ronaldo netted a hat-trick and his late free-kick goal will still be discussed even after the completion of the ongoing football festival. But the magician needs to step up once again versus Iran and his teammates must uplift their game to avoid any late scare.
Iran grabbed a lucky win versus Morocco in their opening encounter but were unfortunate to suffer a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain despite amazing defensive traits. But a draw won’t be doing them any favor now and the game, therefore, has become a must-win encounter for the Asian giants.
Iran vs Portugal Injuries:
Portugal do not have any injury concerns as of now but Iran will miss out two of their towering performers Ehsan Hajsafi and Roozbeh Cheshmi through thigh and muscle strains.
Iran vs Portugal Probable Lineups:
Iran vs Portugal Last Meeting:
Their last meeting occurred back in the 2006 World Cup where Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Portugal grabbed a 2-0 victory in a group stage encounter. Deco scored in the second half and a late Cristiano Ronaldo goal from the spot ensured 3 crucial points.
Iran vs Portugal Head-To-Head Stats:
Iran Win: 0
Portugal Win: 2
Iran vs Portugal Key Players:
Iran have a squad who are strong both physically as well as mentally and their stars like Sardar Azmoun and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are familiar faces in European club circuit.
Portugal have a blend of youth and experience but all eyes will again be on Cristiano Ronaldo who single-handedly guided his nation to a comfortable position before contesting Iran. Ricardo Quaresma and Joao Moutinho will be key as well whereas Manchester City star Bernardo Silva must step up his game to start making an impact.
Iran vs Portugal Current Form (Latest Result First):
Iran vs Portugal Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Monday from 11:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony network and also in the Sony Liv app. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.