World Cup match report Iran v Spain 20 June 2018

Marco Asensio Nacho Carvajal and Koke

Marco Asensio Nacho Carvajal and Koke

What do you do? We are the best national teams in the world.

Iran, though, did not lie down as other teams have done in this World Cup, instead laying into Spain with everything they had. "We know what we've achieved".

One last chance for Iran to get the ball into the box looked to be on the cards as Milad Mohammadi picked up the ball on the touchline.

Credit to him, he landed it, but there wasn't enough power for a throw so back he went to try it again - the normal way.

Spain close out their Group B campaign on Monday against already eliminated Morocco.

KAZAN, Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha has been chosen to officiate the match between Iran and Spain in Group B of the 2018 World Cup.

The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16.

Indeed, despite having the worse season in Madrid this past term, Asension looked to be what was needed more so on the night, a more direct runner of the ball with a better eye for goal.

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Iran thought they had equalised in the 62nd minute when Ezatolahi bundled the ball home from a free-kick.

Now Iran had to commit men forward and they wheeled away in delirium when Ezatolahi drilled past David De Gea from close range.

He officiated the match between France and Australia and gave the first ever VAR awarded penalty in the World Cups.

Spain resumed in more positive fashion after the break, Beiranvand forced to produce heroics twice in the space of four minutes.

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

The second half started at a great pace, with Alireza Beiranvand forced into two great saves just six minutes after the restart, denying Pique on the line before a great leaping save to keep out a thunderous effort from Sergio Busquets. He found Iniesta with a cute pass which eventually led to the winning goal.

Spain, however, were still flattering to deceive.

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.

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