Dream goes on for Iran despite Spain defeat, says coach Queiroz

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But the shot-stopper has failed to live up to his "Dave Saves" mantle by committing a series of shocking blunders for Spain in recent weeks, including a terrible error to gift Ronaldo his second goal of the game in Friday's opener.

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.

But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadiuum with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.

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

Moments later Iran were in dreamland only to be cruelly denied an equaliser as Saeid Ezatolahi effort following a free kick was correctly disallowed for offside by VAR. "If we had six more months (without it) maybe we would have had a point - but it is good for the credibility of football".

"We are a team that plays direct, open and I hope we do not have rivals that put many players in their area".

Diego Costa was involved in bust-ups with Iran's players.

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"It's a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny", said Isco.

In a first half that resembled a training ground exercise as Spain struggled to break down the Iranians, who defended with all 11 men behind the ball, the best chance fell to David Silva just before the break.

Iran and Spain will face-off against each other in the 20th Match of FIFA World Cup 2018 on June 20, Wednesday at Kazan Arena.

The fact he continued to hassle Iran's defenders on a night when he was so often crowded out of the game is to his credit and, after scoring twice against Portugal, he looks to have made the lone striker role his own.

The win sees Spain move level on points with Portugal in Group B, while Iran and Morocco are third and fourth respectively.

Iran, meanwhile, face Portugal on the same day needing a win to progress at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

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