June 23, 2018 / 3:04 PM / 5 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Iran v Portugal

    SARANSK, Russia, June 23 (Reuters) - Iran play Portugal in
their final World Cup Group B match on Monday:
    
    Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
    Capacity: 44,000
    When: Monday June 25, 2100 local (1800 GMT/2 PM ET)
    Referee: To be announced
    
    Key stats:
    * Spain, who take on already ousted Morocco, and Portugal
are on four points and need a draw from their respective
matches. But Iran are a point behind with three and must beat
Portugal to progress. 
    * The European sides will not only aim for victory but will
also try to outscore each other with the top spot in the group
set to be decided on goal difference.
    * Iran benefited from a late own goal by Morocco to get
their World Cup off to a winning start in St Petersburg but lost
1-0 to Spain in a hard-fought match in Kazan.
    * Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz was in charge of
Spanish giants Real Madrid for the 2003-04 season. He also
managed Portugal for more than two years from 2008, including
the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
    * Team Melli striker Sardar Azmoun has played his club
football in Russia since 2013 and last year rejoined Rubin Kazan
for a second spell.
    * Portugal have lost twice out of 26 competitive
internationals since Fernando Santos took over as coach in
September 2014, with one of those being a penalty shootout
defeat by Chile in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
    * Cristiano Ronaldo has scored all of Portugal's goals in
this tournament including a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against
Spain. His goal against Morocco made him Europe's all-time
leading scorer in international matches. Former Iran striker Ali
Daei is the only one ahead in the world with 109 strikes.
    
             MP    W      D     L     GF    GA   +/-  PTS
 SPAIN       2     1      1     0     4     3    1    4
 PORTUGAL    2     1      1     0     4     3    1    4
 IRAN        2     1      0     1     1     1    0    3
 MOROCCO     2     0      0     2     0     2    -2   0
    Previous meetings: The two sides have met twice, with
Portugal winning both. The most recent fixture was in the 2006
World Cup finals in Germany where Deco and Ronaldo scored for
Portugal.

 (Compiled by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Christian Radnedge)
  
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