Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain edges Iran

Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain edges Iran

"You have to get used to that!" he said, when quizzed about his inclusion of Lucas Vazquez and positioning of Isco during the win in Kazan that left Spain joint top of Group B with Portugal.

The expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances in the first half.

Spain were camped in the Iran half for the most part of the opening 30 minutes, but they struggled to find openings in the final third.

55' - GOAL! Iran 0-1 Spain (Costa) Silva drives at the Iran defence and feeds Costa who, back to goal, swivels with the ball as Ramin comes in, deflects the ball back against Costa and the ball shoots past Beiranvand!

Iran equalized the match in the 64th minute but Saeid Ezatolahi's goal was disallowed after VAR rueled it offside.

But Iran refused to buckle, Carlos Queiroz's men coming close in the final minutes when midfielder Mehdi Taremi headed just over.


Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opener will headline their clash against Morocco.

Indeed, despite having the worse season in Madrid this past term, Asension looked to be what was needed more so on the night, a more direct runner of the ball with a better eye for goal. 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.

Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on!

Celebrating a first win just one week into the job, Spain's new boss Fernando Hierro said he was happy with the narrow 1-0 defeat of Iran, while adding that people had better get used to him being in charge.

When does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Match-20 between Iran vs Spain start? "I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches". The Man City star is likely to start again against Iran and his influence will be crucial if Spain is to pick up their first victory of the 2018 World Cup.

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