2018 FIFA World Cup Group B

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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]

Teams[change | change source]

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.

Standings[change | change source]

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.

Matches[change | change source]

All times listed are local time.[1]

Morocco vs Iran[change | change source]

The two teams have never met before.[3]

Morocco 0–1 Iran
Report Bouhaddouz Goal 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 Yellow card 34'
LM 18 Amine Harit Substituted off 82'
RF 16 Nordin Amrabat Substituted off 76'
CF 9 Ayoub El Kaabi Substituted off 77'
LF 10 Younès Belhanda
Substitutions:
MF 21 Sofyan Amrabat Substituted in 76'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz Substituted in 77'
DF 4 Manuel da Costa Substituted in 82'
Manager:
France Hervé Renard
MAR-IRN 2018-06-15.svg
GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand
CB 23 Ramin Rezaeian
CB 4 Rouzbeh Cheshmi
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
RM 10 Karim Ansarifard Yellow card 90+2'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi Substituted off 81'
CM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi
LM 7 Masoud Shojaei (c) Yellow card 10' Substituted off 68'
RF 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Yellow card 47' Substituted off 85'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
LF 11 Vahid Amiri
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mehdi Taremi Substituted in 68'
DF 19 Majid Hosseini Substituted in 81'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Portugal 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 Spain[change | change source]

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 Goal 4' (pen.)44'88' Report Costa Goal 24'55'
Nacho Goal 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 Substituted off 69'
AM 17 Gonçalo Guedes Substituted off 80'
LW 16 Bruno Fernandes Yellow card 28' Substituted off 68'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
MF 10 João Mário Substituted in 68'
FW 20 Ricardo Quaresma Substituted in 69'
FW 9 André Silva Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
POR-ESP 2018-06-15.svg
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 Yellow card 17'
CM 8 Koke
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off 86'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta Substituted off 70'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 77'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Thiago Substituted in 70'
FW 17 Iago Aspas Substituted in 77'
FW 11 Lucas Vázquez Substituted in 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 Morocco[change | change source]

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 Substituted off 59'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho Substituted off 89'
LM 10 João Mário Substituted off 70'
CF 17 Gonçalo Guedes
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 18 Gelson Martins Substituted in 59'
MF 16 Bruno Fernandes Substituted in 70'
MF 23 Adrien Silva Yellow card 90+2' Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
POR-MAR 2018-06-20.svg
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 5 Medhi Benatia (c) Yellow card 40'
CB 4 Manuel da Costa
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi Substituted off 86'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat
AM 10 Younès Belhanda Substituted off 75'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb Substituted off 70'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Ayoub El Kaabi Substituted in 70'
MF 23 Mehdi Carcela Substituted in 75'
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr Substituted in 86'
Manager:
France 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 Spain[change | change source]

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) Substituted off 69'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi Yellow card 90+2'
CM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi
RW 10 Karim Ansarifard Substituted off 74'
AM 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri Yellow card 79' Substituted off 86'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi Substituted in 69'
FW 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted in 74'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Portugal Carlos Queiroz
IRN-ESP 2018-06-20.svg
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 Substituted off 71'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 22 Isco
LW 11 Lucas Vázquez Substituted off 79'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 89'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Koke Substituted in 71'
MF 20 Marco Asensio Substituted in 79'
FW 9 Rodrigo Substituted in 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 Portugal[change | change source]

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) Yellow card 52' Substituted off 56'
DM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi Substituted off 76'
CM 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted off 70'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi
RW 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun Yellow card 54'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi Substituted in 56'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted in 70'
FW 10 Karim Ansarifard Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Portugal Carlos Queiroz
IRN-POR 2018-06-25.svg
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 21 Cédric Yellow card 90+8'
CB 3 Pepe
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro Yellow card 33'
RM 20 Ricardo Quaresma Yellow card 64' Substituted off 70'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 23 Adrien Silva
LM 10 João Mário Substituted off 84'
CF 9 André Silva Substituted off 90+6'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c) Yellow card 83'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Bernardo Silva Substituted in 70'
MF 8 João Moutinho Substituted in 84'
FW 17 Gonçalo Guedes Substituted in 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 Morocco[change | change source]

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 Substituted off 74'
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off 84'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Iago Aspas Substituted in 74'
MF 20 Marco Asensio Substituted in 74'
FW 9 Rodrigo Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Fernando Hierro
ESP-MAR 2018-06-25.svg
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi Yellow card 88'
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 4 Manuel da Costa Yellow card 31'
CB 6 Romain Saïss
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi Yellow card 90+3'
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi Yellow card 21'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa (c) Yellow card 31'
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat Yellow card 29'
AM 10 Younès Belhanda Substituted off 63'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech Substituted off 85'
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr Substituted in 63'
FW 19 Youssef En-Nesyri Substituted in 72'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz Substituted in 85'
Manager:
France 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)

References[change | change source]

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