FIFA 2018: Uruguay And Saudi Arabia Win, Spain And Portugal Face Tie

| June 26 , 2018 , 12:37 IST

Football fans got to see some absolute thrillers on the Day 12 of the FIFA World Cup. Spain and Portugal managed to enter the knockout after a tie against their group rivals Morocco and Iran respectively. Uruguay and Saudi Arabia tasted victories in their final group stage match on Monday.

Uruguay finished as group A winners after they slammed the hosts Russia 3-0 in their last group stage match. Suarez brought the first breakthrough for Uruguay in the 10th minute after which they didn't look back. Cheryshev struck his sixth goal of World Cup 2018 doubling the lead. Cavani guided the ball to the nets after skipper Diego Godin's header. Although both the teams had made their way to the qualifiers earlier this will give confidence to Uruguay.

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Saudi Arabia sealed a 2-1 win over Egypt ending up third in group A. Both the teams were already out of the round of 16 showed a spectacular game in the Volgograd Arena. The 45-year-old Goalkeeper Essam Elhadary was named in the Egypt squad and became the oldest player to feature in the tournament. He saved a penalty for his team. Saudi's scored 1-1 goal in each half.

In group B, Portugal scuffled a 1-1 draw against Iran. Ricardo Quaresma’s scored the opener for Portugal, but Karim Ansarifard equalizes the lead with a penalty. The star player Ronaldo didn't have a great night as he missed a penalty which was saved by Iranian goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.                   

Spain finishes group B winners after a 2-2 tie against Morocco. Iniesta and captain Sergio Ramos took the lead for Morocco which was matched by Spain's Iniesta. Youssef En-Nesyri came up with a stunning header awarding a goal for Morroco just nine minutes to go. However, Lago Aspas scored a superbly improvised goal in the end and finished 2-2 in the final group stage encounter.