Spain back on track after nervous win over Iran

REUTERS  Murad Seze

REUTERS Murad Seze

Portugal and Spain drew 3-3 in their tournament opener last week. It was Costa's ninth goal in his past nine global starts.

The Iranian rally faltered when Silva found Costa in the area, and Rezaeian was desperately unlucky that his challenge ended pinging off the striker's knee and into the net.

Real Madrid's Carvajal, who has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final win over Liverpool, replaces Nacho at right-back for the Group B clash in Kazan. The win brought Spain level on points with Portugal in Group B after Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates defeated Morocco on the same score line.

Spurred on by their vociferous fans, Iran's imposing players did well to handle Spain's attacks. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. Spain will control possession and territory and create enough chances for Diego Costa or one of his fellow attackers to finish. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you're busy at work for the Spain Iran soccer game.

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The Atlas Lions , who lost 0-1 to Iran in their first game , lie bottom of the group without a point. Cristiano Ronaldo is on a mission this World Cup . "We have to give our everything".

Spain pushed hard after the break, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save.

Carlos Queiroz's Iran side had gone close through Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi before the crucial offside call and their endeavour throughout seemed to endear them to the crowd at the Kazan Arena.

Coming up against a determined Iran outfit, La Furia Roja got the victor nine minutes after halftime when Diego Costa found the bottom corner via a deflection.

It was not until the 25th minute that Spain had a shot on target, with Silva sending a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand. Bet on a tie game and tell your friends we told you so. Costa replied. "It was during the first half, they were provoking us".

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