Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Schmeichel praises Spain’s patience in breaking down defensive Iran (VIDEO) RT Exclusive

Schmeichel praises Spain’s patience in breaking down defensive Iran (VIDEO) RT Exclusive

In the first half, Iran played well and defended strongly and Spain could not score however they dominted the majority of the contest.

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

Diego Costa's fortunate goal settled a tight contest in Kazan, moving Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B.

Spain hence join Portugal and Iran to have four points from two matches, while Morocco bid adieu to World Cup 2018.

Costa - who scored twice in Friday's pulsating 3-3 draw with Portugal - eventually found the breakthrough, though, when Ramin Rezaeian's attempted clearance cannoned off his leg and into the bottom-left corner.

It was his third goal of the World Cup having previously scored a brace against Portugal on Friday, while he worked tirelessly in attack, making himself a nuisance to the Iran defence.

Queiroz said: "For me VAR has come in 10 years too late".

"Our players can go home and sit with their famnily and friends and be proud of themselves".

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Lucky Costa goal sees Spain past dogged Iran
Iran were playing with numbers behind the ball from the word go and frustrated La Roja who were looking for an early goal. The team also created a few excellent chances, including that missed header from Taremi in the 83rd minute.

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"People gave us no chance, but we still have chances to qualify for the second round. We'll fight for our dreams".

Iran began their campaign with a 1-0 win against Morocco but Queiroz has admitted they will have to produce their "best game ever" if they are to fulfil their aim of causing an almighty World Cup upset.

Hierro brought winger Lucas Vazquez into his starting side in place of midfielder Koke, seeking more dynamism to break down Iran's wall.

Tonight's clash with Iran didn't provide the same fireworks, with the first half ending in a stalemate.

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defence.

However, consultation with the video assistant referee saw the goal correctly ruled out for offside.

Shortly after the restart an Isco corner was flicked on by Costa to Gerard Pique but his effort was cleared off the line. It was a celebration of what brought Iran to the verge of worldwide relevance under Queiroz, whose team faces obstacles from its own federation to global sanctions against the country.

Though he was under the spotlight the previous time, David de Gea enjoyed coach Fernando Hierro's vote of confidence between the sticks.

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