Lucky Costa goal sees Spain past dogged Iran

21 June, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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They blew their vuvuzelas.

With Spain and Iran locked in an intense Group encounter on Wednesday in World Cup 2018, Alireza Beiranvand and Diego Costa got involved in an ugly altercation. As the Spanish striker turned around the Iranian goalkeeper started jumping in pain.

Boasting Asia's meanest defence, Queiroz's well-drilled Iran were typically grudging, but they will again rue the lack of a clinical touch after a number of chances went begging.

We will wait and see if they can conjure up something even more spectacular against Portugal next week.

Group B rivals Portugal got their first win of the tournament earlier on Wednesday and moved into first place after a sole Cristiano Ronaldo goal led them to a 1-0 victory against Morocco. And in the 62nd minute, Ezatolahi seemed to have drawn Iran level, bundling the ball from close range, much to the delight of the Iranian supporters.

When the first half ended, Spain had 73% of the possession and completed four times as many passes as Iran. They cheered on mundane saves, run-of-the-mill clearances and other defensive minutia. There was a single shot on target between the two teams and Iran committed all 11 men to defense, opting to boot the ball back to the Spanish rather than trying to engineer an attack of their own.

It was far from a handsome win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile. "What he has done with Iran is incredible".


Spurred on by their vociferous fans, Iran's imposing players did well to handle Spain's attacks. Anyone who wants to win a World Cup will suffer.

Following the Morocco win, thousands took to the streets in rare and wild celebrations including many women.

Diego Costa scored the all important goal for the 2010 champions in the 54th minute after a good interchange play from Andreas Iniesta and David Silva.

"I had a bit of luck with the goal, but I'm happy because it was a very tight game".

It went unpunished by Uruguayan referee Cunha, who had awarded France a historic first VAR-assisted penalty that saw Antoine Griezmann score Les Bleus' opener in a 2-1 win over Australia.

After that, Iran continued to press until the final seconds-which included a moment at the end when Iranian defender Milad Mohammadi attempted a somersault throw-in.

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