Iran v Spain: Isco impressed with Hierro's seamless adaptation

21 June, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Spain coach Fernando Hierro has warned his players to take nothing for granted despite a 1-0 win over Iran which puts them on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages.

Spain will end their Group B campaign against eliminated Morocco on Monday, while Iran face Portugal, where only a win would be enough to secure them a place in the round of 16.

A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday (Jun 20).

The Iranian rally faltered when Silva found Costa in the area, and Rezaeian was desperately unlucky that his challenge ended pinging off the striker's knee and into the net.

Then, trailing in the second half, Iran almost equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal ruled out on video review.

Iran did make a further good chance, Mehdi Taremi heading just over, but Spain - who will know and feel like they were in game - hung on.

A few more chances followed but luck was not on Iran's side.

One of those goals came from a goalkeeping howler from David de Gea, which have also turned the spotlight on the goalkeeper's form going into the second game at Kazan. It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

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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's an excellent coach along with a lot of great coaches I worked under at United, ' Keane said during ITV's coverage of Spain's World Cup clash with Iran, who Queiroz manages.

It was far from a attractive win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile.

Diego Costa was the star against Portugal with a brace, but Iran are likely to be rather more compact than the European champions.

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Queiroz said he was proud of the performance of his players and insisted they will continue to confound expectations as they head into their final group game against Portugal.



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