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]


15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Morocco  0–1  Iran Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 62,548[4]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
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 YC 34'
LM 18 Amine Harit Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
RF 16 Nordin Amrabat Substituted off in the 76th minute 76'
CF 9 Ayoub El Kaabi Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
LF 10 Younès Belhanda
Substitutions:
MF 21 Sofyan Amrabat Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
DF 4 Manuel da Costa Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
France Hervé Renard
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GK 1 Alireza Beiranvand
CB 23 Ramin Rezaeian
CB 4 Rouzbeh Cheshmi
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
RM 10 Karim Ansarifard YC 90+2'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
CM 3 Ehsan Hajsafi
LM 7 Masoud Shojaei (c) YC 10' Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
RF 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh YC 47' Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
LF 11 Vahid Amiri
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mehdi Taremi Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
DF 19 Majid Hosseini Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted on in the 85th minute 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]


15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Portugal  3–3  Spain Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 43,866[8]
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
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 in the 69th minute 69'
AM 17 Gonçalo Guedes Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
LW 16 Bruno Fernandes YC 28' Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
MF 10 João Mário Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
FW 20 Ricardo Quaresma Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
FW 9 André Silva Substituted on in the 80th minute 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 YC 17'
CM 8 Koke
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Thiago Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
FW 17 Iago Aspas Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
FW 11 Lucas Vázquez Substituted on in the 86th minute 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]


20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Portugal  1–0  Morocco Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011[12]
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
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 in the 59th minute 59'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 8 João Moutinho Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
LM 10 João Mário Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
CF 17 Gonçalo Guedes
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
Substitutions:
FW 18 Gelson Martins Substituted on in the 59th minute 59'
MF 16 Bruno Fernandes Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
MF 23 Adrien Silva YC 90+2' Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
Manager:
Fernando Santos
POR-MAR 2018-06-20.svg
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 5 Medhi Benatia (c) YC 40'
CB 4 Manuel da Costa
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat
AM 10 Younès Belhanda Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Ayoub El Kaabi Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
MF 23 Mehdi Carcela Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr Substituted on in the 86th minute 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]


20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iran  0–1  Spain Kazan Arena, Kazan
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
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 in the 69th minute 69'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi YC 90+2'
CM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi
RW 10 Karim Ansarifard Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
AM 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri YC 79' Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
FW 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted on in the 86th minute 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 in the 71st minute 71'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 22 Isco
LW 11 Lucas Vázquez Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Koke Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
MF 20 Marco Asensio Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
FW 9 Rodrigo Substituted on in the 89th minute 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]


25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iran  1–1  Portugal Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 41,685[17]
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
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) YC 52' Substituted off in the 56th minute 56'
DM 6 Saeid Ezatolahi Substituted off in the 76th minute 76'
CM 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
CM 9 Omid Ebrahimi
RW 17 Mehdi Taremi
LW 11 Vahid Amiri
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun YC 54'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Milad Mohammadi Substituted on in the 56th minute 56'
FW 14 Saman Ghoddos Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
FW 10 Karim Ansarifard Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
Manager:
Portugal Carlos Queiroz
IRN-POR 2018-06-25.svg
GK 1 Rui Patrício
RB 21 Cédric YC 90+8'
CB 3 Pepe
CB 6 José Fonte
LB 5 Raphaël Guerreiro YC 33'
RM 20 Ricardo Quaresma YC 64' Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
CM 14 William Carvalho
CM 23 Adrien Silva
LM 10 João Mário Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
CF 9 André Silva Substituted off in the 90+6th minute 90+6'
CF 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c) YC 83'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Bernardo Silva Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
MF 8 João Moutinho Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
FW 17 Gonçalo Guedes Substituted on in the 90+6th minute 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]


25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
Spain  2–2  Morocco Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 33,973[20]
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
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 in the 74th minute 74'
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
AM 22 Isco
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Iago Aspas Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
MF 20 Marco Asensio Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
FW 9 Rodrigo Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Fernando Hierro
ESP-MAR 2018-06-25.svg
GK 12 Munir Mohamedi YC 88'
RB 17 Nabil Dirar
CB 4 Manuel da Costa YC 31'
CB 6 Romain Saïss
LB 2 Achraf Hakimi YC 90+3'
CM 8 Karim El Ahmadi YC 21'
CM 14 Mbark Boussoufa (c) YC 31'
RW 16 Nordin Amrabat YC 29'
AM 10 Younès Belhanda Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
LW 7 Hakim Ziyech Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 13 Khalid Boutaïb Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Fayçal Fajr Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
FW 19 Youssef En-Nesyri Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 20 Aziz Bouhaddouz Substituted on in the 85th minute 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)

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