Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain edge Iran 1-0

World Cup 2018: How to Watch Iran vs. Spain

World Cup 2018: How to Watch Iran vs. Spain

Spain squeezed 1-0 past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter on Wednesday thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

The win sees Spain move level on points with Portugal in Group B, while Iran and Morocco are third and fourth respectively.

Spain's midfield probed endlessly, pulling Iran this way and that as they attempted to plot a way through a seemingly endless sea of defenders - an experience their vastly outnumbered fans will have had to endure in the city during the day.

Iran was also unsafe on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

Spain's Diego Costa (second left) is spoken to by referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay after appearing to stand on Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand foot, who sits on the ground.

VAR was called into action and showed an Iranian player was offside and the goal was disallowed.

With three points from two matches, Iran still have a chance of qualifying if they can get a result against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Monday.

Close! Iran with a great chance to opening the score!

Spain had to contend with more than just a well-drilled and fierce team of opponents - they were also playing against the crowd. Many would say that Iran has been hard to defeat for a few years but the Iranians have never faced any team ranked in the top 20 in the World Cup.

Spain are accustomed to dominating possession against sides content to soak up pressure, but Iran's deep 4-5-1 set-up in the first half afforded Spain only one shot on target. He then palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could get to the ball.

Taremi's header sailed over harmlessly, however, leaving Spain to complete one of their tougher World Cup wins. With one more match to go, it is unlikely Spanish coach Fernando Hierro will make changes to his squad from the last game. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on!

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Costa had a bust-up with Beiranvand toward the end of the first half after the Iran keeper went down in the box.

Given the tumult in the Spain camp, things could easily have gone horribly wrong for them against Portugal, but - according to Isco - Hierro has done the right thing by using Lopetegui's tactics as the foundation for his own.

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