After the spectacular 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal, the Spanish played Iran after Portugal seeing off Morocco earlier in the day.
David Silva free-kick was slightly deflected by the Iranian wall but comfortably caught by the Iranian goalkeeper’s Alireza Beiranvand.
After a scuffle inside the box, Silva attempted to do an overhead kick but could not find the proper connection to hit the ball on target.
After a penetrating pass into the box by Isco, the pass was laid off perfectly for Silva to shoot but was blocked by Morteza Pouraliganji.
Spain had most of the chances on goal, but Iranian defence was tight and strong. Silva produced the best chances of the first half.
Isco beat Mehdi Taremi in the flank with a step over which allowed him to cross into the box but a poor clearance by Iran allowed Sergio Busquets to take a dangerous shot.
This was met with a brilliantly save by the keeper and then prevented Vasquez to get the rebound.
The ball hit the side net by Karim Ansarifard after a long throw by Vahid Amiri into the box. This was the closest chance Iran had on goal so far.
GOAL – Diego Costa – 54th minute – Iran 0-1 Spain
Once again Diego Costa scores for Spain in the World Cup after a beautiful turn but Ramin Rezaeian hit the ball on Costa’s leg which went past the keeper.
Goal denied for Iran on the 62nd minute after VAR pointed out the goal scorer Saeid Ezatolahi in an offside position before scoring.
Iranian bodies were thrown at the ball after a clever corner almost allowed several Spanish players to score but were bravely blocked and the referee gave a freekick for Iran.
Amiri nutmegged Gerard Pique which allowed him to cross the ball into the box which was met with a header that went over.
Full-time Iran 0-1 Spain
After a difficult game for Spain, Costa manages to break the deadlock with a beautiful turn with a lucky goal. Spain dominated the first half, while Iran had good chances in the second half which included a disallowed goal.
Matchday 3 will determine who will qualify between Portugal, Spain and Iran.
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