Portugal v Iran preview

A Seleção das Quinas go into Monday night’s encounter with Iran in Saransk needing a draw to advance to the knockout stages of this World Cup.

Standing in their way is twice Portugal national team manager Carlos Queiroz and Iran, whom could advance at Portugal’s expense with a win. Queiroz, a one-time assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, is often credited with helping develop Cristiano Ronaldo into the player he is today.

And Queiroz’s unpleasant exit from the national team job shortly after the 2010 World Cup, should add further intrigue to this matchup.

Backdrop

Portugal followed up the high of a 3-3 draw with Spain, with a lacklustre display against Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header was enough to overcome the Africans but manager Fernando Santos was not happy in the post-game interview and let his team know that he expects a better performance against Iran.

In terms of team news, João Moutinho missed training on Friday and Saturday with an illness and is now a doubt for this match. Raphael Guerreiro sat out Friday after complaining of pain in his thigh but returned to training the next day.


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Iran opened up their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win against Morooco thanks to a last-minute own-goal. They also held Spain for most of the match, before conceding a Diego Costa early goal in the second half. The Iranians have looked a well-organized, disciplined unit in this tournament and should present a formidable challenge for Portugal.

Queiroz told a group of Portuguese journalists on Saturday that the pressure is on the European nation on Monday. Little was expected of his team and they have already exceeded expectations and could still go further if they beat Portugal.

History

This match will mark only the third time these two countries have faced one another. The most recent previous meeting came in the group stage at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with Portugal coming out on top 2-0. Deco and a penalty scored by Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference that day in Frankfurt.

The other time they faced each other was at the Independence Cup held in Brazil in 1972, a competition not recognized by FIFA. Portugal won 3-0 on that day and eventually finished second in that tournament behind the hosts.

What the managers say

Fernando Santos (Portugal): “We have to be aggressive, not allow the opponent to play. We need to win more individual battles, more one-on-one duels, and to put our full offensive capacity on display.”

Carlos Queiroz (Iran): “We are facing a team that has the obligation to win. Portugal has the magic formula to win the World Cup. They have a strong squad with a player in Cristiano Ronaldo, who could make a difference at any moment.”

Predicted line-ups

Portugal: Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William, Moutinho, João Mário, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva.

Iran: Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Hajsafi, Ezatolahi, Ansarifard, Amiri, Ebrahimi, Taremi and Azmoun

By Rui Martins

 

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Amigos - in light of Moutinho’s flu, how about a total shake up in the midfield to start? Go a bit more creative - a diamond with quaresma on the right, bernardo in the hole, william as the shield, raphael on the left. We’ve been so overrun,...

Amigos - in light of Moutinho’s flu, how about a total shake up in the midfield to start? Go a bit more creative - a diamond with quaresma on the right, bernardo in the hole, william as the shield, raphael on the left. We’ve been so overrun, a quick and uptempo midfield could be the ticket......thoughts?

Forca!

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I love how everyone complains that one of Ronaldo's goals was a penalty and calling him Penaldo, but Kane gets two penalties and a happenstance goal and he's the greatest thing on Earth.

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We have to play better in the next game in order to pass the group.
I've already posted my starting 11 in another thread.
One note: Its curious that people accuse us of playing bad football(deservedly) even though we win, in euro 2016 we smashed...

We have to play better in the next game in order to pass the group.
I've already posted my starting 11 in another thread.
One note: Its curious that people accuse us of playing bad football(deservedly) even though we win, in euro 2016 we smashed our opponents in the group stage in terms of exhibitions(look at the stats), but we drew all our games and people made fun of us of not achieving our results. Double Standards...

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A quick goal to calm the boys down , 3 -0 win

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I agree with Rui's predicted line-ups. It will be interesting on what substitutes Fernando Santos will put in during the match. I feel that Raphael Guerreiro will get targeted but then if the forwards do well we just might see some players get...

I agree with Rui's predicted line-ups. It will be interesting on what substitutes Fernando Santos will put in during the match. I feel that Raphael Guerreiro will get targeted but then if the forwards do well we just might see some players get some playtime in the back line.

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Unless there's a big improvement from the previous game Portugal is going home tomorrow.

Most of the players have had 2 games to start playing properly and have blown it. I don't personally think that they will play any better because they're...

Unless there's a big improvement from the previous game Portugal is going home tomorrow.

Most of the players have had 2 games to start playing properly and have blown it. I don't personally think that they will play any better because they're too easily intimidated and pushed off the ball and Iran knows that and will be playing the physical game and I really don't think that it makes any difference who starts and who comes on. Hoping that I am wrong...

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If they try to go at Iran in individual battles, then we play into there hands if they try what Morocco did. I would expect them to move the ball better with one or two touch, quick passing. Which is what they should have done against Morocco in...

If they try to go at Iran in individual battles, then we play into there hands if they try what Morocco did. I would expect them to move the ball better with one or two touch, quick passing. Which is what they should have done against Morocco in the second half once they knew the style the ref was allowing.

If they move the ball and Iran tries to press to hard, I think they will cruise to a victory. If on the other hand, Iran parks the bus, then it will be a tight affair given how they have played Morocco and Spain.

I expect they will come after us though, at least in counter attacking bursts, because the need the win. The draw means we go forward. And they know we can hold teams, after the Morocco game.

I have faith they are the better than Iran and will pull off the win, if they play smart and play their game.

Forca Portugal.

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Santos can’t start Guedes! End of story. No aggresion upfront w him in there. Silva a much better option. And isn’t Guedes a winger?? I’m positive for tomorrow but cautious. If Mourinho has the flu then gotta replace him. Iran will be aggressive,...

Santos can’t start Guedes! End of story. No aggresion upfront w him in there. Silva a much better option. And isn’t Guedes a winger?? I’m positive for tomorrow but cautious. If Mourinho has the flu then gotta replace him. Iran will be aggressive, hack away at every time we get the ball. Start Martins too, he has the speed.

I’m Hopeful yet careful with predictions but I see ya advance with a 2-0 Win!
Forca!!

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Given that the squad includes 4 players who have opportunistically "quit" Sporting due to their greedily angling for a lucrative new contract i'm actually cheering for Iran tonight.
I don't want any of those players to experience any more...

Given that the squad includes 4 players who have opportunistically "quit" Sporting due to their greedily angling for a lucrative new contract i'm actually cheering for Iran tonight.
I don't want any of those players to experience any more pleasure during their careers, including when representing Portugal.

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Tom,

BdC just posted on Portugoal under a pseudonym above. The quote above should go in your twitter feed.

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I hope we go with the mentality of winning the group rather than just qualifying. Believe. Forca Portugal.

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BdC! BdC! BdC!

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