Fortuitous Costa goal helps Spain overcome stubborn Iran

Fortuitous Costa goal helps Spain overcome stubborn Iran

Fortuitous Costa goal helps Spain overcome stubborn Iran

Spain beat a spirited Iran team 1-0 in Kazan to claim their first World Cup win in Russian Federation and move level on four points at the top of Group B with Portugal.

The result left Spain joint top of their group with Portugal on four points, but Iran close behind on three going into the third and final set of games. Meanwhile, Spain opened the 2018 World Cup with an exciting game against Portugal last Friday. Iran win a throw deep inside the Spain half and Pique nods down. but only as far as Haji Safi, who murders what looks like a brilliant finish into the back of the net. but it's the side-netting!

Spain was mostly risky from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

But they all count and, while Iran could point to another hard-luck story after Saeid Ezatolahi's effort was ruled out for offside, the 2010 winners did enough to move to the brink of the knockout stage. 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.

The former champions could have started on a better note if they hadn't sacked their coach Julen Lopetegeui two days prior to World Cup opener against Portugal. Get the app and get the game.

- Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his last eight global starts for Spain - he scored with both of his shots on target in their 3-3 draw with Portugal.

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Real Madrid's midfielder made his World Cup debut in the victory, but he was unable to have the creative impact Fernando Hierro had hoped.

The match has been scheduled for Wednesday in Kazan's Arena Kazan. If you don't have cable, you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV or fuboTV. La Roja showed plenty of class in the game, keeping the ball well, however, mistakes in conceding the early penalty and the goalkeeping error from the usually solid David de Gea blotted an impressive performance. He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on!

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Spurred on by their vociferous fans, Iran's imposing players did well to handle Spain's attacks.

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