Portugal v Iran, 17 June 2006

Score2-0 to Portugal
RefereeEric Poulat
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group D
VenueCommerzbank Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance48,000
Kick-Off: 15:00 Local (14:00 BST) Assistant referees: Lionel Dagorne (France) Vincent Texier (France) Fourth official: Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco) Fifth official: Brahim Djezzar (Algeria) Goals from Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo secured Portugal's passage into the last 16 of the World Cup after victory over Iran in Frankfurt. Barcelona playmaker Deco opened the scoring on 62 minutes with a vicious 22-yard strike past stranded Iran goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour. And Ronaldo doubled the score from the penalty spot when Luis Figo was brought down in the box on 78 minutes. Javad Nekounam went closest for Iran, who now cannot qualify.

2  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Iran

Manager: Branko Ivankovic

Goals:

Deco 63 G
Cristiano Ronaldo penalty 80 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Fernando Meira
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Nuno Maniche
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Luis Figo (captain)
Forward Pauleta

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour
Defender Yahya Golmohammadi (captain)
Defender Mohamad Nosrati
Defender Rahman Rezaei
Midfielder Hossein Kaebi
Midfielder Ali Karimi
Midfielder Mehrzad Madanchi
Midfielder Javad Nekounam
Midfielder Andranik Teymourian
Forward Vahid Hashemian

Substitutions:

Petit for Nuno Maniche 67
Tiago for Deco 81
Simao for Luis Figo 88

Substitutions:

Fereydoon Zandi for Ali Karimi 65
Rasoul Khatibi for Mehrzad Madanchi 66
Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh for Yahya Golmohammadi 88

Cards:

Pauleta 45 Y
Deco 48 Y
Costinha 61 Y

Cards:

Javad Nekounam 20 Y
Mehrzad Madanchi 32 Y
Hossein Kaebi 73 Y
Yahya Golmohammadi 88 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Quim
Goalkeeper Paulo Santos
Defender Marco Caneira
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender/Midfielder Ricardo Costa
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Simao
Midfielder Tiago
Midfielder Hugo Viana
Midfielder/Forward Luis Boa Morte
Forward Nuno Gomes

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Hassan Roudbarian
Goalkeeper Vahid Talebloo
Midfielder Javad Kazemian
Midfielder Moharam Navidkia
Midfielder Masoud Shojaei
Midfielder Fereydoon Zandi
Forward Arash Borhani
Forward Ali Daei
Forward Reza Enayati
Forward Rasoul Khatibi

Comments:

With this win, Portugal progressed to the knockout stages of the World Cup finals for the first time since 1966. The 1966 tournament in England was also the last time Portugal were awarded a penalty in the World Cup finals. Eusebio scored from the spot in the 3rd / 4th Play-Off against USSR at Wembley. With his penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal's youngest-ever goalscorer at a World Cup finals at the age of 21 years and 132 days. The previous record was also set in 1996 when, at 22 years and 217 days, Antonio Simoes scored in a 3-1 defeat of Brazil at Everton's Goodison Park.

Comments:

As this defeat meant Iran could not progess to the knockout stages, they had now failed to survive the group stage in all three of their World Cup finals appearances.