Iran vs. Spain - Football Match Report


Group B play at the 2018 World Cup resumes Wednesday when upstart Iran takes on Spain in Russian Federation.

While luck favoured fearless Iran as they emerged the victor against Morocco, credits to Aziz Bouhaddouz's own goal in the stoppage time, Spain had to comprehend Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick to fight out a draw.

And while goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand recognises few will fancy Iran to add to their current points tally, he is in a defiant mood and insists Spain will be in for a battle. "From my experience, athletes need confidence not only in good times", he added.

Spain, meanwhile, take on Iran in the other clash from the group.

But Iran will be boosted by their 1-0 triumph over Morocco on matchday one, a win which has seen them top Group B.

First-choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, 25, slept rough earlier in his career while trying to establish himself and Nike withdrew its supply of boots to the Iranian players before the World Cup because of new United States sanctions.

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Things were opening up and a nice build-up from Spain led to the opening goal as an attempted clearance from Ramin Rezaeian hit the leg of Costa and the ball went right into the back of the net to hand La Roja a 1-0 lead.

Spain meet Iran in a must-win game. Any concerns about turmoil on the Spanish squad were laid to rest following the coaching change that occurred just before the World Cup began.

Iran could become the first Asian team to win consecutive World Cup matches since South Korea in June 2002. Morocco are on the verge of exiting the 2018 World Cup - the first time they are making an appearance since 1998 - unless they can stave off defeat against the European champions.

After that dramatic 90th minute finish between Iran and Morocco, Iran became the only first team in 52 years to score a goal without going for a shot in one half of the game. The Iranians are trying their level best to get the ball in their possession, trying to score a goal.

Football statisticians Gracenote Sports believe Spain have a 71% chance of progressing through the group.