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Holders Germany were dumped out of the World Cup after a late 2-0 defeat by South Korea, with VAR again playing a part.

The Germans lost their opening game to Mexico before a late win 2-1 against Sweden on Saturday, but they could not muster the same performance at the Kazan Arena and were punished for their lacklustre showing.

Ricardo Quaresma put Portugal in front with a sensational goal at the end of the first half.

Portugal progressed to the World Cup knockout stages after drawing with Iran in a game full of VAR controversy.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal and was shown a yellow card after a lengthy VAR review for a possible red card.

Spain won the group on goals scored as Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran – but had a tough night.

Iago Aspas scored a stoppage-time equaliser – with the aid of VAR – as Spain scraped an unconvincing draw with Morocco to top Group B and secure a last-16 tie against World Cup hosts Russia.

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