Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa's third goal of World Cup

Calvin Saunders
June 23, 2018

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said he could offer no magic potion to help his side cope with the might of Spain but promised his players would fight, fight and fight again when they meet the former world champions on Wednesday.

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. The kickoff of the second half, however, saw the Spanish side pick of momentum in their chase for a goal, creating a couple of chances.

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

Iran did not concede a single goal until the last of their 10 final round Asian qualifiers when their spot in Russian Federation was already secure, at the same time creating enough going forward to win six of those matches.

The result put Spain joint top of Group B with Iberian rivals Portugal on four points ahead of their last match against the already eliminated Morocco. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.

"We understood it was very important to overman on the left", Hierro said after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran.

Some great vision from Iniesta, and a slice of luck, however broke Iranian hearts when Costa spun and latched on to the ball before seeing his shot rebound off Ramin Rezaeian and into the net.

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Antoine Griezmann was the first footballer in World Cup history to have successfully scored a goal after a VAR review in the match between France and Australia.

Iran will next face a tough Portugal team, but proved its mettle during the bout with Spain despite being heavily overmatched on paper.

"As a 23-man group we are very committed - we are one team and that is how we will play until the end", added Costa.

Sometimes confidence is all that sets apart a striker who cannot miss from one who can. Iran was also risky on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defense.

"In my team nobody points fingers at each other, we take our own responsibilities".

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