Spain need a win in their final world Cup match to reach the knockout stage after edging a gallant Iran, courtsesy of Diego Costa’s goal.
Spain grabbed a goal via Diego Costa goal after half-time, having been frustrated in an opening period in which they had 81% of possession.
Iran, who defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi‘s strike to be ruled out for offside.
Carlos Queiroz’s Iran side had gone close through Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi before the crucial offside call and their endeavour throughout seemed to endear them to the crowd at the Kazan Arena.
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