Fans spotted something very wrong with Portugal's shirts against Iran

Portugal snuck into the round of 16 by the skin of their teeth against Iran on Monday night.

After a scintillating draw with Spain in their opening game, and a narrow win over Morrocco, the Portuguese needed to avoid defeat to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

However, in Iran, they came up against an inspired opponent, desperate to extend their stay at the global showpiece in Russia.

Despite taking the lead through a delightful Ricardo Quaresma goal in the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo and co never looked comfortable, especially after the five-time Balon D’Or winner missed from the spot in the second stanza.

A late Iranian equaliser courtesy of a controversial VAR review really set the cat amongst the Portuguese pigeons and had the European champions scrambling to cling onto their world cup dreams.

Somehow, in the face of a tidal wave – or perhaps a sandstorm – of Iranian pressure, Portugal held on to book a date with Group A winners Uruguay.

It was a devastating loss for the Iranian’s who had given everything they had only to crash out right at the last.

The Asian side have every right to feel aggrieved after falling afoul of some suspect VAR calls throughout the ninety minutes too.

However, there was drama even before the kick-off though after some eagle-eyed fans spotted an error on the Portuguese shirts.

It is standard for the players shirt’s to be stitched with the date and name of their opponent at major tournaments, but it is safe to say that people were not best pleased with what Portugal had stitched on theirs.

Fans were in outrage after spotting that the European’s shirts appeared to say ‘Iraq’ instead of ‘Iran’.

For a while, it looked as though the Portuguese kit man had made an almighty gaffe, but the situation was soon cleared up.

The shirts are always stitched in the local language and vernacular of those wearing them and, in Portuguese, Iran is spelt Irao.

That could’ve been very awkward.

Glad to see it was all cleared up though – now all there is to remember from the game is the shambles that was VAR.


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