Mehdi Taremi wasted a gilt-edged chance after Karim Ansarifard's penalty had thrown Iran a lifeline, but Portugal survived with a 1-1 draw to make the World Cup last 16 despite Cristiano Ronaldo's missed spot-kick in a match dominated by VAR.
Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain, who drew 2-2 against Morocco to top the group by scoring more goals, and set up a second round clash with Group A toppers Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday.
Substitute Iago Aspas scored in stoppage-time to earn Spain a point against the North Africans which gave them top spot in Group B and a knockout game next against hosts Russian Federation.
Both Iran and Portugal picked up narrow 1-0 wins over the African outfit and, while he knows his players will be heading home after the match, coach Herve Renard wants a positive performance.
The result saw Portugal progress to the last 16, but it was a bad night for Ronaldo, who had a 53rd-minute penalty saved and might have been sent off for a late elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji, for which he was booked following a VAR review.
"Obviously we can improve and there are things we definitely need to work on".
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For Australia captain Tim Paine , the hurt was even worse than the blow to the face he suffered while keeping wicket in Cardiff. Australia was bowled out for 239 with 13 overs to spare - its biggest ODI defeat in terms of runs and England's largest ODI win.
"We have achieved our goal and now we have to recover over the next few days to think about the next match", Quaresma told reporters. But while Iran's path to the next round is fairly straightforward, Spain and Portugal are still likely to reach the knockout stage.
If Iran defeats Portugal in its final game, it will advance.
He added: "We would have loved to have beaten Spain - that was why we came here".
"It's such a big disappointment for us", Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said.
They dominated possession, playing nearly three times the number of passes than their Asian opponents, and were more intent on creating chances through the midfield rather than just directing long balls towards Ronaldo. This World Cup has now gone past the record for 18 penalties awarded, shared by 1990, 1998 and 2002, and there are still 28 matches to be played after Monday.
Isco became Spain's 47th different goal scorer at World Cups, when the Real Madrid player equalised against Morocco.