Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain beats Iran 1-0

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They are yet to score a goal of their own, but, Iran will be buoyed by that win and Spain shouldn't take such a defensively resilient side lightly.

Iran started their World Cup campaign by winning over Morocco with 1-0.Whereas, Spain ended its first match with a 3-3 draw against Portugal. Iran played toe-to-toe with Spain and deserved more from the match, but Spain's central defense made some important stops, got the victor in the second half and held on to move into a tie for first place with Portugal in Group B.

Eight minutes into the second half, Spain broke the deadlock as a clearance by Iranian defender Ramin Rezaeian ricocheted off Costa and sailed into the back of the net, 0-1.

Iran could have scored in the 80th minute but Mehdi Taremi's header went over the bar.

Coach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can "make the impossible possible". With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. Get the app and get the game.

A win against Iran will leave Spain on the brink of a place in the last 16, despite all the upheaval of the past week.

Uruguay will start as the top dogs going into the match against Saudi Arabia, who were thumped 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the 2018 edition's curtain-raiser.

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There was no doubt a goal was coming and Silva was involved in the build-up to Diego Costa's second-half victor in the 1-0 victory.

As for Spain, they will be slightly frustrated with coming away with just a point in their opening 3-3 draw with Portugal.

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One of those goals came from a goalkeeping howler from David de Gea, which have also turned the spotlight on the goalkeeper's form going into the second game at Kazan.

Costa put Spain ahead in the 54th minute, although there was a touch of luck to the goal. The Atletico Madrid striker showed his individual class and poaching instincts with both goals and will be charged with breaking the deadlock against a mean Iranian defence.

Providing comic relief in tense circumstances was none other than Iran's Milad Mohammadi, who gave the world a reason to cringe when, following a late throw-in, he kissed the ball before boldly performing a classic somersault throw-in technique - only to think twice at the last hurdle.

It has been a World Cup of unusual bobbles, ricochets and bounces, and this time it was Spain's turn to profit.

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