Hierro's Spain must breach the wall that Carlos built


Diego Costa has denied stamping on Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand after scoring the only goal for Spain in the hard-fought victory over the middle eastern nation on Wednesday. The kickoff of the second half, however, saw the Spanish side pick of momentum in their chase for a goal, creating a couple of chances.

A goal by Saeid Ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one victor in the match. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent. On 25 June, the team of Fernando Hierro will play against Morocco and Iran on the same day for a place in the 1/8 finals will compete with Portugal. Iniesta slipped the ball through the middle for the Atletico Madrid striker, who turned as he made his shot, which took a deflection off the legs of Ramin Rezaeian and himself before nestling into the back of the net.

Confirming that 'keeper David De Gea would start against Iran, Hierro said he wants "a win that would give us an advantage in the group".

Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain's World Cup ambitions were kept in check, nearly single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

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Hareide drew parallels between Gareca's side and his own, having watched them draw 0-0 with Sweden in their final warm-up game. The scoreline reads 1-0 in favour of Denmark now . "I made a mistake; all I can do is correct it", he said.

But it wouldn't be long before Iran shocked the former world champions and drew level - or so they thought. The team's strategy against Iran required finesse and quick passing, but it was imprecise and slow, unable to find a way to attack and lacking rhythm and depth.

"Playing against Spain we are in a winning situation because we will be better after the game", said Queiroz, who will be without the injured defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.

According to the Twitter account of Tara Sepehri Far - quoting Iranian news sources - at one point the screening had been canceled. "That's it", said Queiroz, not losing the hope for Iran to progress to the next phase through a win over Portugal.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz hailed the bravery of his side and pledged they would fight to make the last 16. "If we had six more months (without it) maybe we would have had a point - but it is good for the credibility of football".

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defense.