A person with a rainbow flag gets on the field during a World Cup game between Portugal and Uruguay.

At the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Monday, a person on the field waving a flag briefly stopped a World Cup between Portugal and Uruguay.

The intruder was not shown on the FIFA global television feed, but the person could be seen running on the field while being chased by security staff.

Due to two second-half goals by Bruno Fernandes, Portugal won the match 2-0, ensuring the European team’s qualification for the knockout rounds.

The incident involving the field invader occurred in minute 51 of the match. Later, the Iranian referee Alireza Faghani was observed retrieving the flag from the turf.

The flag bearer was photographed wearing a shirt with the phrases “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the back and “SAVE UKRAINE” on the front.

CNN has reached out to FIFA and tournament organizers in Qatar for additional information regarding the incident.

Iran will face the United States Men’s National Team in a Group B match on Tuesday. Iran’s participation in the World Cup has occurred against the backdrop of the country’s domestic turmoil.

Ukraine was invaded by Russia on February 24. According to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces have repeatedly targeted Ukraine’s power infrastructure in recent weeks, leaving more than seven million people without electricity after one wave of attacks a week ago.

However, Ukrainians remain resolute in the face of Russian missile attacks, and hopes for a negotiated end to the war remain distant, despite the top American general’s diplomatic efforts.

Similarly, the issue of LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar has been a recurring theme throughout the World Cup. The rainbow represents LGBTQ+ pride.

On Saturday, two German soccer fans told CNN that security officials asked them to remove the rainbow-colored items they were wearing as they made their way to the France vs. Denmark World Cup match.

Last week, both American journalist Grant Wahl and former Welsh captain Laura McAllister reported that security personnel instructed them to remove rainbow-colored clothing.

Wahl reported that he was released 25 minutes after being detained and that he received apologies from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the stadium’s security team.

FIFA referred CNN to the tournament’s handbook when asked to clarify the fan dress code. The handbook states that “expats and tourists are free to wear the clothing of their choice as long as it is modest and respectful of the culture.”

After some Welsh supporters were denied entry to stadiums for wearing rainbow-colored bucket hats, FIFA informed the Welsh Football Association on Thursday that rainbow-colored flags and hats would be permitted at World Cup venues in Qatar.

In Qatar, sex between men is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison, prompting criticism of the country’s LGBTQ+ laws.

Human Rights Watch documented cases as recently as September of Qatari security forces arbitrarily arresting LGBT individuals and subjecting them to “ill-treatment in detention” in a report published last month.

However, the country has insisted that “everyone is welcome” at the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our track record demonstrates that we have warmly welcomed people of all backgrounds.”

Yes, but then no. Cristiano Ronaldo believed he had scored Portugal’s first goal, but FIFA officials disagreed.

The 37-year-old rose midway through the second half to head a cross from Fernandes.

Ronaldo appeared confident that he had scored his second goal in as many games at Qatar 2022, and he certainly celebrated as though he had.

Ronaldo was disappointed, however, when officials changed their minds and awarded the goal to Fernandes.

In search of an equalizer, Uruguay increased its pressure, especially after the introductions of Luis Suárez and Maxi Gomez.

Gomez hit the post with a curling shot mere minutes after entering the game, while Suárez could only find the side netting shortly after.

Following the controversial award of a penalty by the video assistant referee for a handball by José Mara Giménez, Portugal secured the victory.

Manchester United midfielder Fernandes had two more opportunities to complete his hat-trick, but Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet and the crossbar thwarted him.

Portugal has advanced to the next round of the World Cup with a game to spare, whereas Uruguay must win its final match against Ghana in order to have any chance of advancing.

This will be the first World Cup meeting between the South American and African teams since their controversial 2010 quarterfinal, in which Uruguay defeated Ghana in a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals.

A missed penalty in the final minute of extra time deprived Ghana of the distinction of being the first African team to reach the semifinals.

Dominic Adiyiah of Ghana was awarded a penalty kick after Luis Suarez blocked his initial shot on the goal line and then blocked his second attempt with his hand.

Suarez got a red card because of this, but Asamoah Gyan’s penalty shot hit the crossbar, so they had to go to a penalty shootout.

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