Spain back on track after nervous win over Iran

Spain back on track after nervous win over Iran

Spain back on track after nervous win over Iran

Diego Costa scored in the 54th minute and the heavily favored Spanish withstood numerous close calls at the net throughout the game to pick up three valuable points in a Group B match at Kazan.

"We have four points", Hierro said.

"We started well, but then we lost our rhythm because of frequent pauses". "If he criticises Iran players, it would be good for him to also look at his teammates".

David de Gea was one of the players to receive criticism on the back of the 3-3 draw with Portugal, as his error gifted Cristiano Ronaldo his second of the game.

Iran, with a victory over Morocco in the first round of pool play, remain in contention to advance to the knockout stage, but the African nation is now only playing for pride with just one match to come, against Spain.

However, the managerial situation didn't seem to bother the players on the pitch, as they played out a World Cup classic with European Champions Portugal; looking impressive, despite some defensive frailties.

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The celebrations were hectic with Iranian's coaching team also joining in before their hearts were broken by VAR, and manager Carlos Queiroz explained the emotions were too much for one of his colleagues.

A member of the Iran national team staff was hospitalised Wednesday after the team was denied a goal when video review held up an offside call in their World Cup match against Spain.

Iniesta was keen to brush aside any reopening of the debate, insisting it continues to be business as usual under Hierro ahead of Wednesday's clash with Iran.

Saeid Ezatolahi nearly leveled the score for Iran in the 62nd minute, but the Iranians' cheers were cut short when the goal was ruled offside with the help of video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Diego Costa's fortunate goal settled a tight contest in Kazan, moving Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B. With Spain and Portugal both having secured a win and a draw and Portugal expected to trounce Iran on Monday, both Iberian countries will nearly certainly proceed to the knockout stage of the tournament, leaving Morocco and Iran out of the running. "Portugal were up against a great Morocco team today". They were all pushed back and we knew we had to have patience and wait for the right time to score. It is true it wasn't a nice thing for anyone, a hard situation for everyone, and now we want to concentrate on what we have to do. "He will play, we trust him".

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