Spain Star Hits Out At Carlos Queiroz's Iran

World Cup 2018: How to Watch Iran vs. Spain

- Iran are winless against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of their six previous fixtures (D1).

The rest of the Spanish players look for the No.22 when they have the ball and Isco is nearly always there, ready to receive it and pass it on.

Spain coach, Fernando Hierro, is pleased his side scraped a win over a strong Iranian side at the Russian Federation 2018 2018 World Cup on Wednesday night. Iniesta shrugged off a challenge in midfield and rolled the ball in Costa's path in the 54th minute. It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

"Spain plays stylish football", Iran manager Carlos Queiroz said. Costa's goal was a fortuitous one, as a messy attack in the Iranian box led the ball to bounce back off him into the back of the net.

Spain was lucky not to concede toward the end as Mehdi Taremi connected with a cross from Ansarifard, but his header from close range went over the crossbar.

Queiroz had no doubt about the size of the task facing his side when he spoke to the global media on Tuesday, accepting "Iran don't have supermen like Spain, but we can do super things" as he plotted the unlikely downfall of a team battling suggestions of crisis.

He only had one chance against Iran, and he converted it.

10 man Colombia fall to Japan in group H opener in Russian Federation
Japan first appeared in a World Cup in 1998 and has qualified for every one since, so they're hoping their experience helps. Japan will next face Senegal on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, while Colombia takes on Poland in Kazan on the same day.

What a performance Iran put in against Spain on Wednesday night.

Fernando Hierro has also included forward Lucas Vazquez, with Koke making way as Spain's new coach seeks more dynamism to unlock a cagey Iran defence at Kazan Arena.

Spain certainly are suffering - it has been a near-constant state since those troubled days directly before the tournament - and the question is how quickly they can be made to feel better.

Iran, who defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi's strike to be ruled out for offside.

While Iran might have courted some praise for their stifling tactics in the first half, this was more a test of Hierro's tactical nous considering the 3-3 draw with Portugal was something of a wild anomaly.

Spain had an opportunity to make the game safe but Gerard Pique and Costa both failed to force the ball over the line during a goalmouth scramble.

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