Spain made to work for victory over courageous Iran

Reza Ghoochannejhad of Iran celebrates after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Morocco and Iran- World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain What time is kick-off tomorrow what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction

Tehran's largest stadium will admit thousands of women as well men for the first time since the the Islamic Revolution of 1979 with World Cup fever reaching fever pitch in the country ahead of the group game against Spain.

The squad, which has faced an uphill battle at the soccer tournament partly thanks to global sanctions, had a goal taken away in the second half of Wednesday's loss, missing out on the potential equalizer during the tense match.

A goal by Saeid Ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR), while Karim Ansarifard had earlier hammered into the side netting.

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. "Football is not like this but it is fair to say we deserved a better result", said Queiroz.

"When we arrived, no-one gave us a chance, but we still fight for our dreams". Iran is not an easy team, it is a complicated team.

Isco jumps on Diego Costa as they celebrate Spain's goal against Iran at the Fifa World Cup. But he admitted his crucial match-winner came down to "luck". It is very hard to score against them. "The important thing today was to win", he added.

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Diego Costa's fortuitous 54th-minute goal proved enough to see off the Iranians and means Spain will guarantee a top-two finish in Group B if they take a point off already-eliminated Morocco.

While Iran might have courted some praise for their stifling tactics in the first half, this was more a test of Hierro's tactical nous considering the 3-3 draw with Portugal was something of a wild anomaly.

Iran, with a victory over Morocco in the first round of pool play, remain in contention to advance to the knockout stage, but the African nation is now only playing for pride with just one match to come, against Spain.

Schmeichel was quick to laud Iran's tactical discipline in a 6-3-1 formation, which saw even star forward man Sardar Azmoun even dropping back to midfield to support, but equally commended striker Costa, who fortuitously found the net when the ball ricocheted off him and into the net.

Asked about his gesture afterwards, Costa lashed out by claiming Iran had been the main culprits.

"What game were you watching?" said Costa when probed by a Spanish journalist.


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