Lucky Spain top Group B after win against Iran

21 June, 2018, 02:41 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Iran began their campaign with a 1-0 win against Morocco but Queiroz has admitted they will have to produce their "best game ever" if they are to fulfil their aim of causing an almighty World Cup upset.

In the first half, Iran played well and defended strongly and Spain could not score however they dominted the majority of the contest.

62' - GOAL! Iran 1-1 Spain (Ezatolahi) The free-kick is curled in nastily, a scramble, a drive into the net, and we're checking VAR to see if the decision to disallow it for offside is correct.

Iran could have scored in the 80th minute but Mehdi Taremi's header went over the bar.

Spain are level with Portugal on four points in Group B and face Morocco in their final group fixture on Monday.

David Silva sent a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand in the 25th minute for Spain's first shot on goal.

It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

"Everybody knows that Spain is one of the greatest teams in football history, and one thing that we can guarantee is that the Spanish team will not have an easy time against us", he told reporters. Cautious optimism will be the order of the day, and Iran boss Carlos Queros side will be looking for a similarly defensively strong performance against one of the favourites for the World Cup.

Costa, who also scored two goals in the opening match, has three goals at this year's World Cup, trailing Ronaldo by one.

It happened in the dying seconds of his nation's 1-0 defeat to Spain.

It was far from a lovely win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile. The Atletico Madrid striker showed his individual class and poaching instincts with both goals and will be charged with breaking the deadlock against a mean Iranian defence.

David Silva has had the best chance of the game: swivelling 10 yards out but skying his volley over the bar.

Costa has now scored nine goals in his last nine worldwide starts for Spain.

45+2' - First sight of goal for Spain!

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain match will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.



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