Spain defeated Iran 1-0 on Wednesday night in an exciting encounter with group B in the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The only goal for the match was by striker Diego Costa and Spain’s first win of the 21st edition of the World Cup.
In this match played in Kazan Arena, Iran performed brilliantly as a defense and despite their superior control over the Spanish ball, their forward players were not given much space in their box. Spain got a free kick on the left flank outside the box in the ninth minute. Midfielder David Silva gave the best cross, but no player in the box could reach the ball.
Spain, who won the 2010 FIFA World title, continued its natural game. In the 25th minute, the team got a chance to score a free-kick from 30 yards outside the box, but Iran’s goalkeeper Ali Berevand easily prevented Silva’s shot.
In the 30th minute of the match, Spain made a stir again in the Iranian box again. Silva tried to score the first goal by putting a bicycle kick from the distance of six yards but he hit the ball over the goalpost.
Iran got the first corner of the match in the 36th minute. However, they failed to penetrate Spain’s defense. Spani continued her strong performance in the second half as well. In the 50th minute of the match, midfielder Sergio Bucquets made a strong shot from outside the box, but Berevand jumped off to his left and made a great defense.
Costa did the first goal
Four minutes later, Spain’s most experienced player Andres Iniesta passed the striker Costa inside the box, putting the ball in the goal and giving the team a 1-0 lead.
Iran got free-kick in the 61st minute about 30 yards from the goalpost. The Iranian player gave the best cross inside the box and Saeed Ejatolla managed to put the ball in the goal. The referee took the help of VAR which found that there was a player offside during the cross, due to which Iran was not rounded.
In the 83rd minute of the match, Iran got a great opportunity to score a goal of equalizing. Wahid Amiri from the left flank gave a strong cross in the box but Mehdi did not put the ball in the goal with Tareemi header. Spain will face Morocco in their second Group B match on Monday, while Iran will face Portugal from Portugal.