Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

And this was during a defensive stalemate, before their game against Spain turned into an absolute batty defeat-complete with an oddball goal, a whistled off equalizer and even a somersault.

Real Madrid's midfielder made his World Cup debut in the victory, but he was unable to have the creative impact Fernando Hierro had hoped.

That score preceded by almost an hour of a feckless Spanish attack consistently thwarted by the Iranians and followed by an offsides that negated an equalizer-all in front of frenzied crowd that turned Kazan Arena into the northernmost neighborhood of Tehran.

The celebrations were hectic with Iranian's coaching team also joining in before their hearts were broken by VAR, and manager Carlos Queiroz explained the emotions were too much for one of his colleagues. At half time we corrected some things and improved after the goal.

Portugal and Spain are expected to progress into the last 16 after following up an opening day draw against each other with wins in their second games.

Saeid Ezatolahi will attempt to put aside the disappointment of seeing his potential equalizer against Spain ruled out for offside when Iran go for a win against Portugal that would fire them into the knockout phase of the World Cup for a first time.

Tonight's clash with Iran didn't provide the same fireworks, with the first half ending in a stalemate. This, despite the fact Iran often tried to crowd him out.

"In some groups two teams have already qualified, but our group is very tough". "What he has done with Iran is incredible".

Still, Queiroz said he believes Spain "are candidates to win the World Cup" after their performance on Wednesday. Iran 0-1 Spain It's hard to know what happened there, perhaps offside, perhaps handball, perhaps a foul.

Latching onto an incisive pass from Andres Iniesta, Diego Costa did well to turn his man but the covering Ramin Rezaeian was poised to snuff out the threat.

On one occasion, in the 39th minute, Diego Costa objected after Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand began jumping in pain, insisting to the referee that Costa had stamped on his foot.

Rodriguez saw her man score the winning goal of the game in just the fourth minute as Portugal got off to the best possible start at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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