Iran vs Spain : Hierro picks Carvajal

REUTERS  Murad Seze

REUTERS Murad Seze

Iran is now sitting at the top of Group B and will look to somehow maintain this position.

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- Iran are winless against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of their six previous fixtures (D1). Team Melli needed a huge slice of luck as Moroccan substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net.

Getting in the spirit of the FIFA World Cup, the actress had painted the Spanish flag on both of her cheeks. Labelled the "Iranian Messi" Azmoun will be facing Spain in the familiar surroundings of the Kazan Arena. "He has been training with the rest of the team for almost one week so has recovered very well".

Iran will face competition's favorite Spain on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena, relying on their rock solid defense against the team which remain one of the most attack-minded in the World Cup.


If Cristiano Ronaldo hadn't intervened with a sensational and already iconic free-kick to give Portugal a point in the opener, Spain's match-winning hero would have been the unlikely figure of utility man Nacho Fernandez. 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.

New Spain boss Fernando Hierro, will be confident that those mistakes will not be repeated again, at that Spain can get their campaign back on track with a victory.

He could start in place of Nacho, who scored against Portugal.

Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.

In their 1-0 victory over Morocco, Iran became the first team since 1966 to score a goal without attempting a shot during a half of World Cup football - their victor was a 90th minute own goal by Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz. Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

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