Lucky Spain top Group B after win against Iran

21 June, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Cristiano Ronaldo headed home to claim a 1-0 win for Portugal over Morocco and later Spain found the back of the net to beat Iran 1-0, as the two European football heavyweights continued their dogged rivalry with a share of points to be tied at the top of their group on Wednesday (NZT Thursday).

Hierro, who took over after Julen Lopetegui was sacked last week, heaped praise on Spanish hero Diego Costa, who notched a scrappy 54th minute goal that was his third of the tournament.

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. The first in the 76th minute saw him just miss a cross into the area from Vahid Amiri by mere inches, before he powered a header high over the crossbar from close range with Iran unable to capitalise on their late pressure. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. They took a while to get into the game.

But with three points, Iran has still a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. The match is the opening game on Day 7 of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

That goal is one step closer thanks to Costa's intervention, but Spain need to add more strings to their bow and be more malleable in the face of their opponent after being slow to adapt against Iran.

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A win against Iran will leave Spain on the brink of a place in the last 16, despite all the upheaval of the past week. 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.

Spain coach Fernando Hierro welcomed Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal back into the starting line-up following his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final win over Liverpool. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on!

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Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.

It promises to be an interesting game as Iran and Spain meet for the first ever time.

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