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5 things we learnt from Spain’s win over resilient Iran

5 things we learnt from Spain’s win over resilient Iran

Coach Carlos Queiroz said Iran will soak up the experience of facing World Cup contenders Spain on Wednesday but warned the Lions of Persia will produce their "best game ever" as they strive to cause the shock of the tournament.

With Fernando Hierro in charge, the Spanish side drew their first game and struggled to a fortunate 1-0 win over minnows Iran. The kickoff of the second half, however, saw the Spanish side pick of momentum in their chase for a goal, creating a couple of chances.

Costa scored in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta.

Iran beat Morocco, who are now eliminated, in their opener and will be aiming to produce a stunning upset in their final match.

Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one victor in the match.

The win moves Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B and they know a draw against Morocco on Monday will be enough to secure qualification for the knockout stages. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.

"In this moment we are more concerned because one member of our staff in difficulty from health point of view after VAR decision", Queiroz said.

Spain needs to recover its confidence after having lost the ball and dominance in a game whose result was down to just one goal - as is the case in so many World Cup matches. On 82 minutes, Iran had another great chance - Mehdi Taremi, closing the canopy from the flank, a few meters away from the crossbar.

They said his style of play was not right for the national team.

"It's true, maybe we were happier after Portugal, but we got three points today". About 10 minutes after Spain scored their first goal, Iran placed a free kick into the box and Iranian midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi scored. "I hope things carry on this way, as long as the team does well out of it".

Queiroz has proved to be a very valuable asset to Iran.

Diego Costa (1st L) of Spain celebrates scoring during a Group B match between Spain and Iran at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Kazan, Russia, June 20, 2018. "But I also believe that in Argentine football everybody knows that Maradona is light years behind the country's best player, who for me is (Lionel) Messi". Iran was also risky on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

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