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Spain vs. Iran final score, recap

Spain vs. Iran final score, recap

A fortuitous second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

The break finally came in the 54th minute after Iniesta played the ball to the Spanish striker to score his 3rd goal of the tournament.

"It's our second game and it's hard, but we want the three points to give ourselves options for the third game".

"We started well, but then we lost our rhythm because of frequent pauses".

"Dani is doing well", Hierro told reporters in Kazan ahead of the Iran match. Silva had a shot blocked from close range and another one deflected behind towards the end of the first half, but that was about as good as it got for the 2010 World Cup winners in the first 45 minutes.

"They were provoking us, we were on the grass all the time, you can't just say that because it's your national team".

Queiroz reprised his complaints about how USA sanctions had impacted on his team's preparations - robbing them of two warm-up matches and a kit deal - but said they would never use the issue as a post-match excuse.

"We understood it was very important to overman on the left", Hierro said after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran.

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"For each player playing in the World Cup is an honor and I am here so I'm happy". At the same time, Iran will take on Portugal, knowing that a win over Cristiano Ronaldo's side will be enough for them to reach the round of 16.

Whether this Iran team have the firepower going forward to match the 2014 vintage remains a moot point after a toothless display against Morocco in their World Cup opener, which they won with a late own goal.

After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzela horns from a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with maximum points.

Diego Costa has denied stamping on Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand after scoring the only goal for Spain in the hard-fought victory over the middle eastern nation on Wednesday.

Iran thought they had equalised in the 62nd minute when Saeid Ezatolahi poked home from inside the box but their celebration was shortlived after the goal was ruled out for offside and handball by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), much to Spain's relief.

"He went to hospital but we hope everything will be alright".

"We are not just a team, we are a family and a nation".


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