Dark horses, the pain for Spain and VAR

Fans, pundits react to Group B VAR chaos

Dark horses, the pain for Spain and VAR

Spain started absolutely shook by Morocco, Gerard Pique somehow managed not to get sent off, then Isco levelled things up for Fernando Hierro's men. That is likely to be either Spain or Portugal, so topping the group does not have as much significance as in other crossovers where lesser teams might finish second.

The European champions, needing a draw to qualify, went ahead with a stunning Ricardo Quaresma goal in the 45th minute.

In fact, he is the first goalkeeper to save a World Cup penalty from a Portuguese player in the tournament's history.

Group C will take to the pitches first Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT, with Denmark taking on France on Fox, and Australia playing Peru on FS1.

A review had decided Cristiano Ronaldo had been tripped in the box, but the Real Madrid star had his spot-kick saved well by Iranian keeper Beiranvand.

It was a blow for Spain, but with Portugal still leading Iran, it wasn't a fatal one. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.

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Portugal need at least a point from their final match against Iran to guarantee a place in the knockout round.

Spain, trailing Morocco 2-1, had an Iago Aspas goal, which was first called offside, allowed at the 90+2 mark. Over in Group A, Russian Federation and Uruguay are through, but top spot is up for grabs as they go head to head. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans' roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.

Brazil would be safely through with a win or a draw against Serbia and will top the group unless Switzerland better their result, or match it with a better goal margin. And thanks to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Morocco on Monday, it even ended up winning its group. This group is paired with group B, so the victor meets second and vice-versa.

98th minute - Saransk: Portugal can't find a victor as Caceres ends the frenzied affair.

Both countries now have the same goal difference and if the same score is repeated in both games, the team that has the least number of yellow cards will come into play as fair play decides top spot. A draw would see Russian Federation top on goal difference. It's the first time since 2010 that teams Nos. 1-3 in a group sat on five, five, and four points.

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