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FIFA 2018: Despite Draws, Spain And Portugal Qualify For Knockout Stage

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| June 26 , 2018 , 14:23 IST

On Monday, Day 12 of the FIFA 2018 World Cup proceeded towards the Qualifiers stage with Uruguay and Russia having already qualified from Group A. Despite the draw Spain and Portugal from Group B have qualified for the knockout stages.      

In the Phase of last group stage matches of Group A, Uruguay beat the host Russia with a score of 3-0. The host had registered their first loss in the tournament at Samara Arena in Russia, while Uruguay became the table topper by winning all of their matches.

On the other hand, the Group stage matches of Group B ended up with a thrilling draw between Spain and Morroco with a score of 2-2. Spain topped Group B despite being held to a draw whereas Morocco salvaged their pride with a point in the tables.

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Morocco delivered the first goal of the match, scoring on a counter of 14 minutes in thanks to Khalid Boutaib in a heartpumping game that could have been a disaster for Spain. Spain moved on and now looks forward towards the match with host Russia on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET in Moscow.  

The other phase of Group B too ended in dramatic fashion as Portugal struggled to a 1-1 draw against Iran, this left Portugal second in the tables and Iran eliminated despite an encouraging performance.

The focus was drawn by the 34-year-old Ricardo Quaresma’s stunner which was cancelled out by the late penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty kick saved and Iran made a penalty of its own before nearly winning the match at the end. If Iran had not scored a late penalty, Portugal would have moved on as the group winner and would have faced Russia in the round of 16, but will instead get to face Group A winners Uruguay.