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Dave's Dribble: Portugal 1-1 Iran

Dave's Dribble: Portugal 1-1 Iran

He said the boots "celebrate the 85 worldwide goals" he has scored during his career.

We brought prestige to the World Cup, he said.

The turquoise-coloured boots are supported by a golden chrome sole plate and Ronaldo gave his new wheels a test drive during training on Wednesday morning at their Moscow base.

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz was led to question whether VAR is applied the same way regardless of a player's status.

In addition to the boots Ronaldo will wear, 154 pairs will be made available to the public.

"I understand, it's normal", he said.

When final whistles blew, Spain and Portugal - which drew 3-3 earlier in the tournament - were tied again atop Group B, but Spain got the top seed on the second tiebreaker, total goals, 6-5.

Iran were held to a 1-1 draw with Portugal on Monday evening, but Queiroz was outraged when Cristiano Ronaldo was not sent off in the final 10 minutes for an off-the-ball elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji. "There is an elbow - elbow is red card in the rules, and the rules doesn't say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo". "I don't want to know if my daughter is a little bit pregnant or it's a little evidence or obvious", he said. In all, Quaresma came the 16th player to have scored his first World Cup goal at the age of 34 years or older, though he remains the second oldest scorer in the 2018 World Cup, after Felipe Baloy of Panama.

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand believes the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee system at the World Cup has added "entertainment value" - but admits it showed its flaws on Monday night. They cover themselves with decisions because the guys are upstairs.

Not surprisingly, Portugal coach Fernando Santos agreed that Ronaldo did not deserve red. The usual post-match griping about missed calls was replaced by post-match griping about calls caught by VAR, and there were all the usual complaints about the use of replay review: it killed the flow of the game, the officials were too quick to review even minor infractions, no one seemed entirely sure when it could or could not be used.


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