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Portugal coach Fernando Santos made three changes for the team to play Iran in their final and decisive World Cup Group B match in Saransk on Monday.
The promising 22-year-old striker Andre Silva comes in for Goncalo Guedes. Ricardo Quaresma and Adrien Silva take over in midfield from Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva. Moutinho had missed several days of training through illness.
Iran made just one change, bringing in Alireza Jahanbakhsh up front for Karim Ansarifard. Iran, on three points in the group, will likely need a win to save their dream of progressing to the knockout stages.
However, they could go through with a draw should Spain lose heavily to Morocco, as Fernando Hierro’s side are on four points along with Portugal.
PORTUGAL (4-4-2): Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Jose Fonte; Joao Mario, Adrien Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, William Carvalho; Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo
Subs: Gelson Martins, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Pereira, Beto, Bruno Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Joao Moutinho, Mario Rui, Gonaalo Guedes, Bernardo Silva, Anthony Lopes, Ruben Dias
IRAN (4-5-1): Alireza Beiranvand; Ehsan Haji Safi, Majid Hosseini, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi, Vahid Amiri, Saeid Ezatolahi, Omid Ebrahimi; Sardar Azmoun
Subs: Mehdi Torabi, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Pejman Montazeri, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Ashkan Dejagah, Milad Mohammadi, Karim Ansarifard, Masoud Shojaei, Amir Abedzadeh, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Saman Ghoddos
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