Iran manager Carlos Queiroz was successful in club football management not so much of the Portuguese national side. Alexander Nemenov AFP
26 June, 2018, 01:20
Meanwhile, Portugal, which tied Spain on the strength of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick and held on for a 1-0 win over Morocco last Wednesday, is through with at least a draw.
Monday's match will be the second World Cup encounter between Iran and Portugal. Even if Iran contains Ronaldo, Portugal has enough weapons to get a goal - and that could be enough.
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Iran has now been to five World Cups - all since 1978 - but has yet to advance out of group play. One can watch the Iran v/s Portugal match on Jio TV and Airtel TV as well.
The former Real Madrid head coach and Manchester United assistant has been in charge of the Iran national side since 2011.
Asked if he was concerned Iran could suffer more VAR-related misery against Portugal, Queiroz started his answer by saying he did not want to talk about it as it might sound like he was "making excuses".
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Ronaldo's hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Spain gave Portugal a vital point while an early headed strike, which made him Europe's all-time top global goal scorer, against Morocco proved enough to bring home three points. Portugal defender Pepe, a long-time team-mate of Ronaldo's at Real, said it was a "privilege" for the country to have a player such as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.
On the actual game, Queiroz said his players could not wait to test themselves against Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of Portugal's "great players", and claimed this would be his team's "most hard challenge".
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored Portugal's all-four goals in the World Cup so far and the European Champions will be heavily dependent on the talismanic forward. "I think Portugal will move on to the Round of 16 but it's going to be a hard-fought battle", he said. Two penalties were awarded by it, as well as a subjective decision concerning Cristiano Ronaldo for a red card. Team Melli have a big task ahead. His goal against Morocco made him Europe's all-time leading scorer in worldwide matches.
Both Haji Safi and Azmoun were booked for their protests, as the game flared up with a number of reckless challenges from both sides.
There weren't many standout performances in a match defined by the decisions made by the referee and the VAR team in Moscow, but Queresma was probably the star man.
Iran vs Portugal match will be broadcast on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD in English Commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony 3 HD in Hindi Commentary.
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