Iran v Spain 20 June 2018

Iran v Spain 20 June 2018

Iran v Spain 20 June 2018

Spain are now joint top with Portugal on four points after they beat Morocco 1-0 earlier.

Costa - who scored twice in Friday's pulsating 3-3 draw with Portugal - eventually found the breakthrough, though, when Ramin Rezaeian's attempted clearance cannoned off his leg and into the bottom-left corner.

The 24-year-old full-back, who has been capped 20 times for his home country, ended up costing his team a valuable 30 seconds in the dying stages of the game, only for Spain to come back and claim the match with a final score of 1 - 0.

Spain was mostly risky from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Then, trailing in the second half, Iran almost equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal ruled out on video review.

Spain could not managed to get a second despite their best efforts while Iran nearly scored an equaliser when Mehdi's powerful header hit the crossbar.

Coach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can "make the impossible possible".




The Iranians entered the match as underdogs, but had a World Cup win under their belts following their opening game win over the Moroccans. Get the app and get the game.

Iran have never beaten a European side at a World Cup - their only previous victory was a 2-1 win over the United States in France in 1998.

Fernando Hierro has also included forward Lucas Vazquez, with Koke making way as Spain's new coach seeks more dynamism to unlock a cagey Iran defence at Kazan Arena.

As for Spain, they will be slightly frustrated with coming away with just a point in their opening 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Hierro said De Gea was ready to play after taking a day off with his parents, which allowed him to put the tough match against Portugal behind him.

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It has been a World Cup of odd bobbles, ricochets and bounces, and this time it was Spain's turn to profit.

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