Much controversy as Spain top Group B, with Portugal second

Spain drew Morocco 2-2, in a game where the Africans will feel they were let down by the referee. Gerard Pique’s two-footed tackle on Boutaib early in the game should have seen him sent off. In the other game of Group B, Portugal and Iran both benefited from very doubtful penalties, called after the referee consulted the video review. Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty but the Iranians did not and that goal had a direct effect on the rankings in the group.  Continue reading Much controversy as Spain top Group B, with Portugal second

Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal again

Match day 7 brought us more tight games and with a bit of luck, could have ended in some major upsets. Uruguay joined Russia in the Round of 16 by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0. This was no easy game for the South American nation. After being humiliated in their opener 5-0, the Saudis showed grit and determination to fight for a result today and almost got one. Portugal once again had to rely on a Ronaldo goal to win. After taking the lead very early, the Euro 2016 winners showed no aggressivity and were unable to trouble Morocco. In the other game of Group B, Spain narrowly edged Iran 1-0, courtesy of a Diego Costa goal.  Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal again