David Lee in Russia: Spain, Portugal advance but much improvement is needed if they are to go far

The Spanish (left) and Portuguese football teams celebrating during their matches in the World Cup. Both nations progressed to the tournament's round of 16.
The Spanish (left) and Portuguese football teams celebrating during their matches in the World Cup. Both nations progressed to the tournament's round of 16.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, REUTERS

ST PETERSBURG - So Spain and Portugal ultimately got the job done and progressed to the round of 16 at the World Cup, but they will have to improve drastically if their campaigns are to go beyond that.

Spain topped Group B late on Monday after ekeing out a 2-2 draw with Morocco and will face Group A runners-up Russia, while Portugal will have a trickier task against Uruguay after edging past Iran 1-1.

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