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Portugal held by late Iran penalty but still make last 16

Portugal held by late Iran penalty but still make last 16”

Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal's national team is based, making loud noises in an attempt to disrupt their opponents' sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday.

It means the European champions are into the last 16 in second place, behind Spain - who themselves secured a dramatic 2-2 draw with Morocco - only on goals scored, while Iran settle for third with four points.

Substitute Iago Aspas scored in stoppage-time to earn Spain a point against the North Africans which gave them top spot in Group B and a knockout game next against hosts Russian Federation.

Iran fan and IT consultant Mehdi Fayez arrived Monday morning after reading messages from supporters saying they needed to trouble Portugal to stand a better chance of winning the match.

Hierro, having succeeded the sacked, Real Madrid-bound Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament, has overseen a 3-3 draw with Portugal, a 1-0 win over Iran, and now this result.

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"Obviously we can improve and there are things that definitely need to be worked on".

The group stage of the 2018 World Cup is coming to a close, and the knockout bracket is coming into focus.

Elimination for Spain would be its second straight group stage exit.

Iran were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres used the video assistant referee (VAR) system to rule that Portugal's Cedric Soares had handled the ball in the box.

"We know the difficulties we're going to have against Uruguay. But despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged on top and we must look at that silver lining and think positively", Hierro told a news conference.

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"We learned that we can play at a very high level".

"We have to play, pass a lot, keep the ball".

"I'm going to repeat that our initial goal was to be at the top of the group and we've reached that goal".

VAR, in use for the first time at a World Cup, has been a hot topic throughout the tournament with players and coaches split on its usage.

He added: "We would have loved to have beaten Spain - that was why we came here".

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