Costa Fires Spain Past Iran Amid VAR Drama

After a goalless first-half, Diego Costa broke the deadlock for Spain in the 54th minute after his shot bounced past Ali Beiranvand into the bottom-left corner after meeting a pass from Andres Iniesta.

Portuguese coach Queiroz said: "We're more concerned because one member of our staff is in difficulties from a health point of view after the VAR decision".

"We started well, but then we lost our rhythm because of frequent pauses". "I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches".

"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.

"We're in a win-win situation because it's a unique opportunity for our national team to learn more about the game and to grow as players". It will be a very hard tournament. You get a flash interview and people say things aren't working, but we have four points.

Iran remain on three points and can reach the knockout rounds for the first time with victory over Portugal. Portugal and Iran are also yet to play each other.


This goal took Costa's Spain total up to 10 in 22 matches, with nine of them scored in his past 11 outings. With Spain and Portugal both having secured a win and a draw and Portugal expected to trounce Iran on Monday, both Iberian countries will nearly certainly proceed to the knockout stage of the tournament, leaving Morocco and Iran out of the running.

Hierro has been hired to lead Spain at the World Cup as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked two days before the national team's opening match in Russian Federation.

Iran will next face a tough Portugal team, but proved its mettle during the bout with Spain despite being heavily overmatched on paper.

Knowing his team would be facing a very defensive Iran team on Wednesday night, Hierro came up with a different formation to the one used for the 3-3 draw with Portugal last week.

The lovely act came after teammate Gerard Pique had attempted to throw the bird away gently from the pitch, after which the winged creature simply landed a few feet away. "If there was a magic potion to stop the Spanish team, one millions dollars would not be too much to buy it, even though we do have some financial troubles". They were all pushed back and we knew we had to have patience and wait for the right time to score.


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