Spain claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Iran thanks to a fortunate second-half goal from Diego Costa.
2018 World Cup
24′ David Silva’s free-kick saved
29′ CHANCE! Silva’s shot over the bar
38′ Cheeky reaction from the Iran stopper for Costa contact
46′ CHANCE! Silva’s shot blocked
48′ CHANCE! Pique’s shot blocked
49′ Double saves from Iran goalkeeper
54′ GOAL! Iran 0-1 Spain (Diego Costa)
Goal! Iran 0, Spain 1. Diego Costa (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
63′ OFFSIDE! VAR denies Iran’s goal! Spain still lead 1-0!
70′ Spain nearly extend lead to 2-0!
Spain have moved level on points with Portugal at the summit of Group B after edging past a spirited Iran side at the Kazan Arena.
A fortuitous Diego Costa goal helped Spain overcome a dogged Iran to secure a 1-0 win in their World Cup Group B clash in Kazan.
Carlos Queiroz’s side produced a defensive masterclass to reduce Spain to nothing more than half-chances during a hugely frustrating opening 53 minutes for the 2010 champions.
Costa – who scored twice in Friday’s pulsating 3-3 draw with Portugal – eventually found the breakthrough, though, when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance cannoned off his leg and into the bottom-left corner.
Iran XI: Ehsan Haji Safi, Karim Ansarifard, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Omid Ebrahimi, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Alireza Beiranvand, Vahid Amiri, Saeid Ezatolahi, Majid Hosseini
Subs: Masoud Shojaei, Ashkan Dejagah, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Pejman Montazeri, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Saman Ghoddos, A. Abedzadeh, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Mehdi Torabi, Milad Mohammadi
Spain XI: Sergio Ramos, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Sergio Busquets, David De Gea, Isco, Daniel Carvajal, Lucas Vázquez
Subs: José Reina, Nacho Monreal, César Azpilicueta, Iago Aspas, Thiago Alcántara, Rodrigo Moreno, Nacho, Saúl Ñíguez, Koke, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Álvaro Odriozola, Marco Asensio