Iran will have one last shot at survival in the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they take on the mighty Portugal side in their final Group B game at the Mordovia Arena on 25th June. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his men will be looking to end the group stage on a high by making the most of their opponents Iran. With Spain also playing their final group game against Morocco at the same time, it will be important for Portugal to end up with three points and keep their hopes of finishing on top of the table alive. For Iran, a win well might help them stay alive in the tournament and find themselves playing the round of 16 games.
This summer’s FIFA World Cup is not just a sporting event, but, a festival for football lovers and this match between Iran and Portugal is going to be one of the most followed matches from the tournament. While Iran doesn’t have a team filled with internationally reputed superstars, but, it has consistently been the top Asian team for the last few years and would leave no stone unturned in trying to make a mark on the global arena. On the other hand, the Portugal team is led by Christiano Ronaldo, who is arguably the best footballer of our generation and under such a power player’s leadership, Portugal is expected to easily romp home in their final league match.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his fans need no special mention. The way he led Portugal to the EURO triumph has raised the hopes of his fans further, who’ll now be hoping to see him lift the ultimate trophy. A small half of football fans hailing from the middle east will be hoping their side becomes a hurdle for Cristiano and his men. To make sure neither of those bunches of fans misses out any action from this all-important game, we’ve got everything from schedule to live stream covered in tour short guide.
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Match: Iran vs Portugal
Date: June 25, 2018
Stadium: Mordovia Arena, Saransk (Russia)
Competition: World Cup 2018
Kickoff: 11.30 PM IST and 21:00 (UTC/GMT+3, local time)
Portugal vs Iran Live Stream
There might be a little confusion for the fans willing to watch Portugal vs Iran as the websites of almost all the official broadcasters will be streaming Spain vs Morocco as well. However, there will be links available to watch this game on those channels as well. The list of broadcasters who’ll be streaming the match live on their website include FOX Sports, DirecTV, SuperSport, Canal+, BBC, ITV, Optus Sport, Sky, and Perviy Kanal. beIN Sports and Sony ESPN will provide the fans with an option to enjoy the game on their smartphone app along with their websites. VPN Gateways will also be available to provide you access to any of the channel of your choice. Fans fed up with their cable’s mess can switch to sticky bundles like Sling TV, DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and fuboTV, that offer some high quality and speed.
Find all details about Iran’s opening match against Morocco here.
The final Group B game for Portugal and Iran will be played at the Mordovia Arena on 25th June kicking-off at 21:00 local time. It will be the third of four games to be played at the Mordovia Arena. The bowl-shaped stadium will not host any knockout game. It will have a capacity of seating over 44,000 people all along the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Post that, it will have a seating capacity of just 28,000 when it gets set to host the home games for Russian Premier League side, FC Mordovia Saransk, replacing their old Start Stadium.
When the two sides meet, one thing will surely be on the cards, Portugal dominating Iran. Yes, Iran can turn the game around, but they’ll have to do that with minimum ball possession. That will depend on how their experienced defense lineup clears the ball. Portugal will have to work a little harder to breach that defensive wall of Iran. Here is how the two sides might look like when they take on each other.
Portugal Probable XI
Patricio (GK); Bruno Alves, Cedric, Rolando, Guirrero; Joao Mario, Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Neves; Ronaldo, Adrian Silva
Iran Probable XI
Haghighi (GK); Mahini, Montazeri, Hosseini, Rezaeian; Hajsafi, Shojaei, Amiri; Ansarifard, Azmoun, Taremi
Matches Played: 01
Iran vs Portugal match will kick-off simultaneously alongside Morocco vs Spain. While many official broadcasters including RTP, and beIN Sports, the official broadcasting right holders in Portugal and Iran respectively, will telecast the match on their primary channel, a horde of other channels will move the game to their secondary channel owing to the Spain Morocco game. The channel list will have FOX Sports in America, BBC and ITV in the UK, beIN Sports across all of the Middle East and North Africa, Sky across the Pacific countries, DirecTV in the Caribbean, Kwese Sports, Canal+, and SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Sony ESPN in the Asian Subcontinent.
The match between Iran and Portugal is one of the most heavily one-sided games on paper. It is unlikely that Iran would be able to overcome the might of Ronaldo led Portugal and barring an unexpected upset, it would be a great match practice for the Portugal team.
Considering it is only Iran’s fifth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, they’re bound to come hard at Portugal. However, the Portuguese look solid enough to resist the Iranian hurdle. All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, but the likes of Bernardo Silva and Renato Sanches will also play a key role. Our final prediction calls for a fulltime score of Portugal 3-0 Iran.