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Diego Costa bagged his third goal at the 2018 World Cup as Spain defeated Iran 1-0 in their second Group B encounter on Wednesday night.

Spain top Group B courtesy of having collected fewer disciplinary points than Portugal.

Iran, with a victory over Morocco in the first round of pool play, remain in contention to advance to the knockout stage, but the African nation is now only playing for pride with just one match to come, against Spain.

After a pass from Andres Iniesta comes through Costa gets the ball under control and dribbles it before curling it into Iran's net, therefore scoring the opening goal for Spain.

Iran, who defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi's strike to be ruled out for offside.

Queiroz's troops continued to threaten as the second half went on, with Mehdi Taremi heading over the crossbar at the far post on 81 minutes.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his team may have won their World Cup "final" against Morocco on Friday but he already has his sights set on a "Universe Cup final" against Spain.

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First place in the group could be decided by goal difference.

MF Sergio Busquets, 5 - Drew a decent save from Iran keeper Ali Beiranvand just after half-time but again struggled in his primary role at the back of midfield when Iran threatened to break. "If you have a team defending very deep with 10 players, there is less space, and it is more hard to carry out your game", Hierro said.

The World Cup match between Spain and Iran will be broadcast live on FS1.

In the end, Iran were just unable to get the goal that would have earned them one of the surprises of the tournament, and will now need to get a result against Portugal on Monday if they are to reach the Round of 16.

It was far from a lovely win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile.

Iran was risky from set pieces and its restless defensive display was impressive. Cautious optimism will be the order of the day, and Iran boss Carlos Queros side will be looking for a similarly defensively strong performance against one of the favourites for the World Cup. Costa cut an isolated and frustrated figure, with 12 first-half touches.

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