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Twitter reacts as Spain beats Iran 1-0

Twitter reacts as Spain beats Iran 1-0

- Spain have been eliminated at the group stage in two of the last three World Cup tournaments in which they've failed to win their first match (1998 and 2014) - however, they won the tournament on the other occasion, doing so in 2010 despite losing their first match to Switzerland.

Spain are level with Portugal on four points in Group B and face Morocco in their final group fixture on Monday.

Meanwhile, Spain opened the 2018 World Cup with an exciting game against Portugal last Friday.

Diego Costa's knee snatched Spain victory in a wild game in Rostov.

If there were causes of anxiety for Hierro they might be in the form of goalkeeper David de Gea, who made an uncharacteristic blunder to gift Cristiano Ronaldo one of his three goals in Sochi.

After a frustrating first half during which Spain could not find an edge to get past Iran well-organized defense, Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta.

Isco jumps on Diego Costa as they celebrate Spain's goal against Iran at the Fifa World Cup.

Iran equalized the match in the 64th minute but Saeid Ezatolahi's goal was disallowed after VAR rueled it offside.

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Iran nearly took the lead after the break when Karim Ansarifard shot into the side netting then Mehdi Taremi headed narrowly wide, only for Costa to deflate their chances. "We'll fight for our dreams".

"We tried to tell them to keep calm, keep fighting", Hierro said of his speech to the players at half-time, after which Spain produced the spell that brought Costa's victor.

After watching the match, some have been impressed by Iran's terrific and resilient performance against Hierro's side. The problem was that Iran left no space in behind, and Vazquez, hardly a superior combination player, looked a man out of sync with his teammates when building in front of the defence.

But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadium with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.

Iran's Mehdi Taremi misses a chance to score.

Spain pushed hard after the break, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save.

Costa got so frustrated with Iran's defensive tactics that he approached Beiranvand and provocatively stepped on his toes, leaving the 'keeper in visible pain.


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