2018 FIFA World Cup Group B

Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 15 to 25 June 2018.[1] The group consisted of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Iran. The top two teams advanced to the round of 16.[2]

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018
B1   Portugal 1 UEFA UEFA Group B winners 10 October 2017 7th 2014 Third place (1966) 3
B2   Spain 2 UEFA UEFA Group G winners 6 October 2017 15th 2014 Winners (2010) 8
B3   Morocco 4 CAF CAF Third Round Group C winners 11 November 2017 5th 1998 Round of 16 (1986) 48
B4   Iran 3 AFC AFC Third Round Group A winners 12 June 2017 5th 2014 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014) 34
Notes
  1. The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3   Iran 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4   Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group B will advance to play the runners-up of Group A.
  • The runners-up of Group B will advance to play the winners of Group A.

MatchesEdit

All times listed are local time.[1]

Morocco vs IranEdit

The two teams have never met before.[3]

Morocco  0–1  Iran
Report Bouhaddouz   90+5' (o.g.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morocco[5]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iran[5]
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi
CB 2 Achraf Hakimi
CB 5 Medhi Benatia (c)
CB 6 Romain Saïss
RM 14 Mbark Boussoufa
CM 7 Hakim Ziyech
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi   34'
LM 18 Amine Harit   82'
RF 16 Nordin Amrabat   76'
CF 9 Ayoub El Kaabi   77'
LF 10 Younès Belhanda
Substitutions:
MF 21 Sofyan Amrabat   76'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz   77'
DF 4 Manuel da Costa   82'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard
 
GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand
CB 23 Ramin Rezaeian
CB 4 Rouzbeh Cheshmi
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
RM 10 Karim Ansarifard   90+2'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi   81'
CM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi
LM 7 Masoud Shojaei (c)   10'   68'
RF 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh   47'   85'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
LF 11 Vahid Amiri
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mehdi Taremi   68'
DF 19 Majid Hosseini   81'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos   85'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Amine Harit (Morocco)[6]

Assistant referees:[5]
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Fifth official:
Anton Averianov (Russia)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Jair Marrufo (United States)

Portugal vs SpainEdit

The two teams have played each other 35 times before, including one game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup round of 16, won by Spain 1–0.[7]

Portugal  3–3  Spain
Ronaldo   4' (pen.)44'88' Report Costa   24'55'
Nacho   58'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[9]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[9]
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 21 Cédric
CB 3 Pepe
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho
RW 11 Bernardo Silva   69'
AM 17 Gonçalo Guedes   80'
LW 16 Bruno Fernandes   28'   68'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
MF 10 João Mário   68'
FW 20 Ricardo Quaresma   69'
FW 9 André Silva   80'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
 
GK 1 David de Gea
RB 4 Nacho
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos (c)
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 5 Sergio Busquets   17'
CM 8 Koke
RW 21 David Silva   86'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta   70'
CF 19 Diego Costa   77'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Thiago   70'
FW 17 Iago Aspas   77'
FW 11 Lucas Vázquez   86'
Manager:
Fernando Hierro

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[10]

Assistant referees:[9]
Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Mauro Tonolini (Italy)
Fourth official:
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Portugal vs MoroccoEdit

The two teams have once played each other in a group stage game in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, won by Morocco 3-1.[11]

Portugal  1–0  Morocco
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[13]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morocco[13]
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 21 Cédric
CB 3 Pepe
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro
RM 11 Bernardo Silva   59'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho   89'
LM 10 João Mário   70'
CF 17 Gonçalo Guedes
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 18 Gelson Martins   59'
MF 16 Bruno Fernandes   70'
MF 23 Adrien Silva   90+2'   89'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
 
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 5 Medhi Benatia (c)   40'
CB 4 Manuel da Costa
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi   86'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat
AM 10 Younès Belhanda   75'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb   70'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Ayoub El Kaabi   70'
MF 23 Mehdi Carcela   75'
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr   86'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[14]

Assistant referees:[13]
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Frank Anderson (United States)
Fourth official:
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Fifth official:
Anton Averianov (Russia)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Jair Marrufo (United States)
Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Bastian Dankert (Germany)

Iran vs SpainEdit

The two teams have never played each other before.[3]

Iran  0–1  Spain
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iran[15]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[15]
GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand
RB 23 Ramin Rezaeian
CB 19 Majid Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 3 Ehsan Hajsafi (c)   69'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi   90+2'
CM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi
RW 10 Karim Ansarifard   74'
AM 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri   79'   86'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi   69'
FW 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh   74'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos   86'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz
 
GK 1 David de Gea
RB 2 Dani Carvajal
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos (c)
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 5 Sergio Busquets
CM 6 Andrés Iniesta   71'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 22 Isco
LW 11 Lucas Vázquez   79'
CF 19 Diego Costa   89'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Koke   71'
MF 20 Marco Asensio   79'
FW 9 Rodrigo   89'
Manager:
Fernando Hierro

Man of the Match:
Diego Costa (Spain)[16]

Assistant referees:[15]
Nicolás Tarán (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Fourth official:
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Fifth official:
Christian Schiemann (Chile)
Video assistant referee:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

Iran vs PortugalEdit

The two teams have played each other two times, most recently in a group stage game in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, won by Portugal 2-0.[11]

Iran  1–1  Portugal
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iran[18]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[18]
GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand
RB 23 Ramin Rezaeian
CB 19 Majid Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 3 Ehsan Hajsafi (c)   52'   56'
DM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi   76'
CM 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh   70'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi
RW 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun   54'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi   56'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos   70'
FW 10 Karim Ansarifard   76'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz
 
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 21 Cédric   90+8'
CB 3 Pepe
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro   33'
RM 20 Ricardo Quaresma   64'   70'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 23 Adrien Silva
LM 10 João Mário   84'
CF 9 André Silva   90+6'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)   83'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Bernardo Silva   70'
MF 8 João Moutinho   84'
FW 17 Gonçalo Guedes   90+6'
Manager:
Fernando Santos

Man of the Match:
Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal)[19]

Assistant referees:[18]
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Fifth official:
Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Paolo Valeri (Italy)

Spain vs MoroccoEdit

Despite their locations, the two teams have played each other only in two opportunities, both were games for the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification, and both were won by Spain.[11]

Spain  2–2  Morocco
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[21]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morocco[21]
GK 1 David de Gea
RB 2 Dani Carvajal
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos (c)
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 5 Sergio Busquets
CM 10 Thiago   74'
RW 21 David Silva   84'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa   74'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Iago Aspas   74'
MF 20 Marco Asensio   74'
FW 9 Rodrigo   84'
Manager:
Fernando Hierro
 
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi   88'
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 4 Manuel da Costa   31'
CB 6 Romain Saïss
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi   90+3'
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi   21'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa (c)   31'
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat   29'
AM 10 Younès Belhanda   63'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech   85'
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb   72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr   63'
FW 19 Youssef En-Nesyri   72'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz   85'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard

Man of the Match:
Isco (Spain)[22]

Assistant referees:[21]
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Fifth official:
Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

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