AP PHOTOS: Spain, Portugal survive crazy Day 12 at World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) The first day of World Cup teams playing simultaneous matches to see who advances came down to the wire – and to video replays – that saw Spain emerge atop its group thanks to a tiebreaker. Spain got the point it needed when Iago Aspas flicked in a Dani Alves cross in stoppage time. Officials first called it offside but counted the goal after reviewing it.
Iran almost knocked out Portugal with penalty kick and a near-miss, both in injury time, but the 1-1 draw was enough for the European champions to advance. They finished second since Spain scored one more goal in the group.