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The final game will see another former world champion Argentina (1978, 1986) take on first timers Croatia in Group D. The Argentines drew their first game with Iceland 1-1, while the Croatians had a 2-0 win over Nigeria in their opening encounter.

If Spain picks up a yellow card against Morocco and Portugal doesn't against Iran, then advancement would (hilariously) come down to a draw of lots by FIFA's organizing committee.

- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).

Despite their valiant display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.

With Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals and Diego Costa on three goals there's some personal competition between the two European sides in the final group games too.

For Iran to finally achieve their dream against Portugal, Queiroz thought, would be all the more remarkable given the gulf that has opened up between European countries and the rest of the football world.

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Always cleanly shaven, it was surprising when pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo with a beard filtered around the internet before Portugal's game against Morocco.

Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia claimed his side proved they belong at the World Cup after a 20-year absence, but the Juventus centre-back conceded there was simply no answer to Ronaldo. "We have no option but to secure all three points against Morocco".

With qualification and even top spot in the group at stake against Iran next Monday, Fonte knows that, even with Ronaldo, Portugal must improve. Wins for France and Denmark mean both advance. In just two games, the Portuguese star has broken quite a few records and there seems to be no stopping this man from breaking more as the tournament progresses. We all know it's tough to play them.

But there's still a chance that one of them might not qualify for the next round.

"I think they're different in many ways but what I will say to them, and the biggest compliment I can give them, is they're operating on a different planet than any other footballer out there at the moment".

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