Spain vs. Iran final score, recap

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 24, 2018

Iniesta slipped the ball through the middle for the Atletico Madrid striker, who turned as he made his shot, which took a deflection off the legs of Ramin Rezaeian and himself before nestling into the back of the net.

Hierro said in the post-match press conference: "I think there are 32 great teams here at this World Cup and no-one is giving anything away, so anyone who thinks it is going to be very easy to score and win by a landslide is wrong".

Iran played toe-to-toe with Spain and deserved more from the match, but Spain's central defense made some important stops, got the victor in the second half and held on to move into a tie for first place with Portugal in Group B. They sit just a point behind the top two and victory against Portugal in their final group game would guarantee them a place in the last 16.

Spain have moved level on points with Portugal at the summit of Group B after edging past a spirited Iran side at the Kazan Arena.

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. "We have always been a very united team".

"We're in a win-win situation because it's a unique opportunity for our national team to learn more about the game and to grow as players".

Standings: Portugal 4, Spain 4, Iran - 3, Morocco - 0.

Spain is only playing from time to time so far during this World Cup.

It proved the only goal of an entertaining match, although Iran saw one attempt chalked off for offside with help of the VAR. I felt we deserved a better result.

David Silva sent a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand in the 25th minute for Spain's first shot on goal. While that may not differ too much from the scenario in many group stage matches pairing the big beasts of the game against those nations who occupy lower rungs of the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, the X-factor in Kazan could be Carlos Queiroz. "We're still alive and dreaming".

Spain will face Morocco in their last group game on Monday.

This looks like it could be Isco's World Cup, with the Real Madrid midfielder proving to be the most effective player on the Spain team. During the break, we knew we had a plan and we carried it out - my players did what they had to do.

Iran will be without defender Roozbeh Cheshmi, who will miss the remainder of the World Cup after picking up an injury during training.

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