Iran dropped from World Cup in loss to Portugal

June 17, 2006 18:54

Portugal advanced to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 40 years by beating Iran 2-0 Saturday in Group D. Deco scored with a shot from outside the area in the 63rd minute and Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the penalty spot in the 80th. Portugal now has six points and is assured of a place in the next round. The European team beat Angola 1-0 in its opening match. Iran remained winless, having lost its opener to Mexico 3-1, and has been eliminated.

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