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Did you see the two Iranian players square up against Portugal?

In true Kieron Dyer v Lee Bowyer style it nearly went a bit pear shaped for Iran

After a truly mesmeric night of World Cup football we can all finally catch our breath.

Because the final Group B games did not disappoint, with both fixtures twisting and turning right down to the wire with VAR at the heart of it all again.


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So close but so far for the Iranians

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So close but so far for the Iranians

While Spain and Morocco were playing out a blinding draw, Portugal hung on for a vital point by the skin of their teeth against a spirited Iran side.

Iran, despite going out, have performed miraculously to take four points from a group containing the Portuguese and the Spanish.

But it could have been so much more had Vahid Amiri not squandered an unbelievable chance by shooting wide in the dying minutes.

Amiri couldn’t hold back the tears after the final whistle

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Amiri couldn’t hold back the tears after the final whistle

It was a truly pulsating encounter full of memorable moments, including Ricardo Quaresma’s exquisite finish with the outside of his boot to give Portugal the lead.

But did you spot a bizarre incident in the first half between the Iranian goalkeeper and one of his defenders?

After a mix up that nearly allowed Joao Mario to score, Saeed Afagh and goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand were involved in a heated clash that nearly escalated.

Steady lads

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Steady lads

Keep your heads

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Keep your heads

Nothing silly now

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Nothing silly now

It wasn’t quite Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer at Newcastle levels of rage, but for a moment it looked particularly hairy for the Iranians.

They managed to compose themselves – it’s just a shame Amiri couldn’t do the same at the other end right at the death.

Happier times

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Happier times