‘Important thing is we’re going to continue fighting’
(Associated Press) - June 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Coach on draw after Ronaldo miss

SARANSK, Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.

It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.

“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”

Quaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Ronaldo – who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play – was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half.

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