Spain’s Costa Denies Stamping On Iran Goalkeeper

by Dwayne Torres June 23, 2018, 23:35
Spain’s Costa Denies Stamping On Iran Goalkeeper

The kickoff of the second half, however, saw the Spanish side pick of momentum in their chase for a goal, creating a couple of chances. Then, unbelievably, it looked as though the Iranians had levelled the match - only for the goal to be correctly ruled out by VAR for offside.

Queiroz said he was proud of the performance of his players and insisted they will continue to confound expectations as they head into their final group game against Portugal.

They won nine of ten games, conceding just three goals, two of which came in the last match, by which point they had already secured qualification. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent. "We need the three points", said Hierro, adding that a win would give them an advantage in Group B.

"It's our second game and it's hard, but we want the three points to give ourselves options for the third game".

The Wednesday night game in Kazan was heading to be the first goalless draw in the 2018 World Cup before Costa's 54th-minute goal.

Spain was mostly risky from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

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The former Chelsea man also admitted that he had a helping hand from Lady Luck to score what would be the game's crucial goal.

He only had one chance against Iran, and he converted it.

Ramos also answered criticism by Queiroz, who brought up Ramos' clash with Egypt forward Mohammed Salah in the Champions League final after being told that Spain right back Dani Carvajal complained of Iran's tactics. "If we had six more months (without it) maybe we would have had a point - but it is good for the credibility of football".

After parking the bus for so long, the Iranian team searched for an equalizer.

Now tied on points and goal difference with fellow leaders Portugal, the Roja know they will have to better Ronaldo's men's result to take top spot, as the Selecao play simultaneously against Iran. The relief, however, soon turned into a surprisingly tortuous experience, because the Spain team started to wobble like jelly every time the ball was crossed, with the 10 other players all vigilant of De Gea, as if they wanted the goalkeeper to make the save of the night in order to recover the team's spirit and see the players really take off in Russian Federation.

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