Ronaldo's missed penalty sets new record

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz during a press conference on Sunday

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz during a press conference on Sunday

There have now been more penalties awarded in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation than in any previous edition.

Were Portugal and Spain lucky to qualify over Iran and Morocco?

That's how things finished as the pair played out thrilling draws in their final games, with Spain drawing 2-2 with Morocco thanks to an injury-time equalizer, and Portugal drawing 1-1 against a plucky Iran. Spain also scored in the 90th minute despite a corner being taken from the wrong side of the goal-posts.

Ronaldo won a second-half spot-kick after a video review but saw his effort saved, with the Real Madrid star unable to add to his four-goal tally at the tournament. Pique, meanwhile, risked a red card with a two-footed lunge in the opening 10 minutes of the game that fortunately made no contact with Boutaib. In the Portugal match, referee Enrique Caceres gave Iran the late penalty on a dubious handball in the box, and it looked in real time like he had simply been swayed by the angry pleading of the Iranians.

Ronaldo missed the chance to join them, having scored the tournament's first penalty in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain.

Their Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, a self-described "bad loser", was incensed by the result, teeing off at the refereeing and renewing his attack on the VAR system that he said had let Cristiano Ronaldo off the hook for an elbow to the face.

The Socceroos' last three World Cup goals have now been Jedinak penalties after he also struck in 2014's defeat to Holland.

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia were awarded two penalties in their win over Egypt as the old record was equalled - one of them with help from the VAR.

"I love Ronaldo, I love Portugal, but this is a big game", he said. That gives us a rough idea of how many shots could have been goals if it weren't for the intervention of the goalkeeper and so gives us some measure of the quality of De Gea.

VAR has been called upon in half of the 20 penalty decisions, whether to change the referee's original call or to confirm it.

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