Spain eye first win, face Iran

Andres Iniesta says the Spain players are treating their game with Iran like a final

Spain recorded their first win in the 2018 World Cup following a slim win over their Iranian Opponents in an intriguing fixture on Wednesday evening.

Both Spain's central defenders came up for it, with Gerard Pique getting his head onto the cross and Sergio Ramos flicking the ball across goal for David Silva, but the Manchester City midfielder's acrobatic effort flashed over the crossbar.

After a goalless first-half, Diego Costa broke the deadlock for Spain in the 54th minute after his shot bounced past Ali Beiranvand into the bottom-left corner after meeting a pass from Andres Iniesta.

Nevertheless, consultation with the video assistant referee saw the goal correctly disallowed for offside. "We know it will be hard against Portugal but we don't come here expecting easy things". A single goal can condemn a team, or make it a champion, an enormous difference that Spain needs to be aware of if it is to regain their confidence after such a terrible match against Iran.

This goal took Costa's Spain total up to 10 in 22 matches, with nine of them scored in his past 11 outings. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his team may have won their World Cup "final" against Morocco on Friday but he already has his sights set on a "Universe Cup final" against Spain.




After a boring first half ended in a stalemate, Diego Costa gave La Roja the lead when his attempted shot took a big deflection off Ramin Rezaeian and into the back of the net.

'We're more concerned because one member of our staff is in difficulties from a health point of view after the VAR decision, ' Queiroz said.

Spain tied 3-3 with Portugal on Friday in their first global match under newly-minted head coach Hierro, who took the job just two days before the World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was sacked for announcing he would lead Real Madrid next season. Anyone who wants to win a World Cup will suffer.

After parking the bus for so long, the Iranian team searched for an equalizer. "We're a team and we have to stick together".

The former Chelsea man also admitted that he had a helping hand from Lady Luck to score what would be the game's crucial goal. "But I also believe that in Argentine football everybody knows that Maradona is light years behind the country's best player, who for me is (Lionel) Messi".

According to the Twitter account of Tara Sepehri Far - quoting Iranian news sources - at one point the screening had been canceled. They'll be determined to record a win at the second time of asking, and shouldn't be challenged too much at the back by an Iran side ill-equipped to take advantage of some of the defensive frailties exposed by Ronaldo and co.

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