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Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa's third goal of World Cup

21 June, 2018, 02:01 | Author: John Swanson
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Diego Costa's knee snatched Spain victory in a wild game in Rostov. The game against Iran will be interesting as Spain need to win this match if they want to keep their World Cup journey alive and a draw will be a troublesome result. Vazquez's selection made sense in terms of shape and dynamism; in practice he offered little and, with an already-eliminated Morocco likely to give up chances on Monday, the time may have come for Hierro to try Plan C.

Spain dominated possession, linking up beautifully and getting the ball forward quickly.

Spain chalked up the 1-0 win over Iran at Kazan Arena thanks to a strike from Diego Costa.

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Iran 0-1 Spain means there have been no 0-0 draws in any of the 20 games at the 2018 World Cup so far - the last time that this happened was in 1954 (no 0-0's in the 26-game tournament). And, on 62 minutes, Saeid Ezatolahi drove the ball home after a free-kick, the celebrations continuing though the flag was up for offside.

What does Lucas Vazquez do? . But, Iran's defence was packed and frustrated their opponents, who couldn't find a way to break through. Subs: Mohammadi 6, Jahanbakhsh 6, Ghoddos 6.

And it appears De Gea has the full backing from his Spain teammates as Isco approached him after the game to kiss his glove.

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First place in the group could be decided by goal difference. Silva was tireless too, making a vital contribution to Costa's goal, but the team's balance does not seem quite right and the question over that final attacking midfield spot remains.

54th minute, INVOLVED IN GOAL: For all Spain's tiki-taka football, the nature of the opener was ugly as Silva fed Iniesta with a throughball and Costa's deflected effort found the net. A classic Costa finish! Amiri megs Pique down the left and delivers a luscious cross but one hit with just too much pace, so Mehdi can't get above it. he makes a great connection, but smashes his header just over the bar. It is a formula that nearly thwarted Spain and should be good enough to trouble Portugal in a match that is now win or bust. Any concerns about turmoil on the Spanish squad were laid to rest following the coaching change that occurred just before the World Cup began.

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