This was a much more intriguing match than it was supposed to be. Portugal could not shake the Iranians and a late PK allowed the Persians to walk away with a well deserved tie - but short of advancing. So, despite their sluggish and somewhat uncharacteristic performance today, Portugal gets by as the lower seed. Iran had the chance for the winner late, but shanked it into the side netting. That would have doomed Portugal's chances in stoppage time. Referee could barely keep control of the match...
Lineup & Substitutions
Getting Queresma out of there was probably a great move! He was going to get a red card if he stayed in...
Generating Scoring Opportunities
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
Not a typical Portugal performance against an upstart, but not as talented Iranian team.
Executing Defensive Game Plan
Controlling Offensive Pressure
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
The PK at the end really hurt.
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
Defensive Support & Transition
Bernardo Silva (10)
Cristiano Ronaldo (7)
He was frustrated the whole match. Missing a penalty kick did not help...