How to Watch Iran vs. Spain
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jun 21, 2018,
Jun 21, 2018, 2:38
They must now go on to beat Portugal in their final game to be in with a chance of progressing from Group B.
Spain continued to work their way through the red maze and looked stronger in the second half, conjuring up as many shots as they did in the previous half. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot that deflected off Ramin Rezeian before bouncing back onto Costa's knee and into the net.
Saeid Ezatohahi thought he had scored an equaliser for Iran in the 64th minute netting from a corner but his goal was ruled out by the assistant referee, while the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could not find anything to reverse the decision.
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.
After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzelas blown by a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with the points and content that they played the better football against Carlos Queiroz's stingy side.
Fernando Hierro's side had to wait until the 25th minute for their first attempt on goal, David Silva's long-range free-kick comfortably held by Alireza Beiranvand. Only Ronaldo has more goals at the current World Cup, with four. "They were provoking us, and we were on the grass all the time".
- Spain have been eliminated at the group stage in two of the last three World Cup tournaments in which they've failed to win their first match (1998 and 2014) - however, they won the tournament on the other occasion, doing so in 2010 despite losing their first match to Switzerland.
Iran kept a firm head on all fronts, despite David Silva's attempted volley that sailed over the crossbar after 30 minutes. "I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches".
While Renard's words have an element of truth to them, they also give a glimpse into how much confidence the African team, which lost 1-0 to Iran in their opener thanks to a 95th-minute own goal, has of causing an upset on Wednesday.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain match will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.