Russia make it to FIFA World Cup knockout stage for first time in history

Russia make it to FIFA World Cup knockout stage for first time in history

Russia's national team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup knockout stage for the first time in history.

On Tuesday, Russia hammered Egypt 3-1 but it needed Uruguay’s win over Saudi Arabia to make it to the knockout stage formally. In the long run, it happened as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0, with the only goal scored by Luis Suarez.

Now, Russia will face Uruguay in a final Group A game in Samara on June 25.

Iran, which began the world tournament with a win over Morocco, have now retreated to the third place in Group B with three point.

As was anticipated by experts, Spain and Portugal that finished their match in a draw and now share the first place have the biggest chances to make it to the knockout stage. If the situation in Group B remains as it is, one of them will face Russia in the Round of 16.

Spain defeated Iran 1-0. 

Yesterday, Portugal beat Morocco by one goal to nought in a group B match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium. With zero points, Morocco has no chances to make it to the knockout stage.

Being third after two games with three points, Iran are one point behind Portugal. The two will face each other in the final group stage match, TASS reported.

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