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And as Iran hope to do the unthinkable and dump Ronaldo and Portugal out of the tournament when they face-off at the Mordovia Arena on Monday, they have sought to deprive the Real Madrid superstar and his teammates of their sleep by gathering outside their hotel in Saransk the night before the final group stage match

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A nightmare start against Portugal, trailing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute penalty less than two days after Julen Lopetegui’s sacking on the eve of the tournament, looks a world away since Fernando Hierro led his country to joint-top of the group after two games

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Having beaten Morocco and lost to Spain, Iran knows a win against the European champions would see them advance to the knockout stage for the first time, but they are still upset that Saeid Ezatolahi’s late effort in the 1-0 defeat to Spain was disallowed for offside after a VAR review, albeit correctly

“My beard? It was a joke with [Ricardo] Quaresma, we were in the sauna and I was shaving, I left a goatee and told him if I scored vs Spain I won’t shave it until the end of the World Cup.

Ronaldo’s fourth-minute goal moved him past the legendary Ferenc Puskas onto 85, and now only Iran’s Ali Daei has scored more international goals (109) than the Real Madrid forward.

It appeared as though two teams who had relied upon their defensive records throughout qualifying had cancelled each other out until Aziz Bouhaddouz miscued his headed clearance deep into stoppage time in Saint-Petersberg