FIFA WORLD CUP 2018:Suarez and Co ready to face Ronaldo's Portugal

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018:Suarez and Co ready to face Ronaldo's Portugal

Javier Howell
July 1, 2018

The miss, however, cost Portugal first place in the group.

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

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.

At 34 years and 272 days, Ricardo Quaresma became Portugal's oldest World Cup goal scorer following his stunner against Iran. "The temperature in my body it comes from 46 to 250, so understand why I need to take the jacket off", he said.

Ronaldo carried Portugal through their first two group games, hitting a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain before netting the victor in a gritty 1-0 victory over Morocco.

In stoppage time alone, VAR interventions allowed Iran to knot the game on a dodgy penalty call and Spain to keep its tying goal when Iago Aspas was (correctly) ruled onside.

"We learned a lot in Russian Federation, we learned a lot from coach Carlos Queiroz and you can see that our younger players have stepped up their game", the 34-year-old AEK player said.

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The referee also consulted VAR before deciding not to send Ronaldo off after he raised an arm to Morteza Pouraliganji in the centre of the field while chasing a long ball.

The Spanish goal was awarded after a lengthy review by the Video Assistant Referee.

With referee Bakary Gassama having initially waved play on, he was alerted to Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen having made clear contact with Peru's Christian Cueva, reviewed the footage and pointed to the spot.

Think great players can not in this situation be wrong, but it made Lionel Messi and Ronaldo repeated.

"But last night, I don't know who was behind the screens and helping the referee but they didn't do a good job". They cover themselves with decisions because the guys are upstairs.

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos called Iran "the best Asian team" at the moment.

Whether or not the decisions were correct has left the football world scratching their heads, but one thing everyone can agree on is that VAR caused utter carnage during the match.