News analysis | WORLD CUP 2018

Iberian giants need to buck up fast or it's curtains

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 to go beyond that.

Spain topped Group B late on Monday after eking out a 2-2 draw with Morocco and 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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Iberian giants need to buck up fast or it's curtains'. Print Edition | Subscribe