Being grouped with Morocco, Spain and Portugal in Group B of 2018 World Cup, Iran was facing a lot of pressure for having to go against such tough and expensive teams that were already a good candidate for winning the world cup.
With a late Iran goal seeing them hold Portugal 1-1, Spain and Portugal ended up level on five points in first and second place respectively, with goals scored putting the former ahead. Spain got the point it needed when Iago Aspas flicked in a Dani Alves cross in stoppage time.
Spain and Portugal drew 3-3 in their first match.
Cavani, who also had scored in 2010 and 2014, netted the third goal in Uruguay's 3-0 win against Russian Federation.
"Obviously we can improve and there are things that definitely need to be worked on". In the second match, Spain defeated Iran 1-0.
The result saw Portugal progress to the last 16, but it was a bad night for Ronaldo, who had a 53rd-minute penalty saved and might have been sent off for a late elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji, for which he was booked following a VAR review. "We will undoubtedly be self-critical because losing five goals in three matches is not the way forward, and I've told the players that".
Morocco was defeated by both Iran and Portugal 1-0. "But now we need to be very demanding with ourselves and have clearly in mind that if we concede goals so easily, it will be very hard to reach our ultimate goal".
Renard said in his press conference: "We were a bit upset when Pique was not booked when he used both feet, but maybe this is not the most important aspect. "We had a big chance at the end of the game, we could have scored and won it".
"It's such a big disappointment for us", Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said. This World Cup has now gone past the record for 18 penalties awarded, shared by 1990, 1998 and 2002, and there are still 28 matches to be played after Monday.
"We know that Morocco are an excellent team, they reached the finals of a World Cup after not being here for many years".
"The question I'd like to raise is on the second equaliser - we expect a corner on one side and it's played on the other".