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World Cup Friday: Egypt vs. Uruguay, Morocco vs. Iran, Portugal vs. Spain

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday. Host country Russia won their first match against Saudi Arabia 5-0 to open the tournament. 

Friday's matches included the remaining Group A teams, Egypt and Uruguay at 8 a.m., and all four Group B teams will had their first matches. 

At the end of play today, Russia and Uruguay are at the top of Group A. Though Russia has the lead by the sheer number of goals they scored in their victory. Iran has the sole lead in Group B after Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw.

Group A Standings

  1. Russia  (1-0-0) 3 points
  2. Uruguay (1-0-0) 3 points
  3. Egypt (0-0-1) 0 points
  4. Saudi Arabia 0-0-1), 0 points

Group B Standings

  1. Iran (1-0-0), 3 points
  2. Portugal (0-0-1) 1 points
  3. Spain (0-0-1) 1 points
  4. Morocco (0-0-0) 0 points

Egypt 0 – 1 Uruguay

It took until the 89th minute, but Uruguay finally opened the scoring. Jose Gimenez late talley from Sanchez  was enough to seal the win. It was the first opening match win for Uruguay since 1970. 

Egyptian coach Hector Cuper said star forward Mohamed Salah will play in their Group A opener but he did not start, nor was he subbed in.

Morocco 0 – 1 Iran

In the first match for Group B, Iran waited until the very last minute to open the scoring, sealing their win. An own goal in the 6th minute of stoppage time was what it took for Iran to scrape an victory from Morocco.

Morocco has still never won their opening World Cup match.

Portugal 3 – 3  Spain

The second Group B match today will see Cristiano Ronaldo against goalkeeper David de Gea. While both teams are predicted to Advance, this first match for both teams may very well decide the tie-breaker in the group.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain's Diego Costa traded goals back and forth until Nacho took a beautiful strike from distance to give Spain their first lead in the 58th minute. 

In the end, Cristiano Ronaldy finished his hat trick in the 88th minute to earn the draw. Both Spain and Portugal will both receive one point in the standings. At the end of the day, Iran alone holds first place for Group B.

Download a printable World Cup bracket

CBS Sports has created a downloadable World Cup bracket for you to follow along every World Cup match. The bracket contains all teams within all eight groups and how they place into the round of 16 in the knock out stage.

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