SPAIN:Fernando Hierro has no injury concern as all his player are fit and ready to take on Iran in their second game of the World Cup. 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.
Costa claimed his third goal of the tournament in the 54th minute at Kazan Arena but the striker hardly knew about it, the ball deflecting off his legs from an attempted clearance by hapless Iran defender Ramin Rezaeian. A member of Carlos Queiroz's staff needed to be taken to hospital following Andres Cunha's decision, with the help of his assistant and VAR, to rule out Iran's goal for offside. "I hadn't expected that the match against Iran would be so hard". A single goal can condemn a team, or make it a champion, an enormous difference that Spain needs to be aware of if it is to regain their confidence after such a awful match against Iran.
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"It's our second game and it's hard, but we want the three points to give ourselves options for the third game".
Spain drew 3-3 with Portugal in their Group B opener only two days after coach Julen Lopetegui had been sacked and replaced with Hierro, who Queiroz said he had once tried to sign as a player.
"We don't have awesome players like the Spanish team do". Iran went close at the other end not long after, but Ansarifard's strike could only skim the side of the net.
"Now we have to forget Portugal and concentrate on Iran". David de Gea, who had a poor perforance against Portugal, is expected to start in goal.
According to the Twitter account of Tara Sepehri Far - quoting Iranian news sources - at one point the screening had been canceled.
"Of course we want to be even better, we're demanding, but every team will suffer".
Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal felt Iran's defensive tactics were over the top, and also hit out at what he perceived to be excessive play-acting.
While that may not differ too much from the scenario in many group stage matches pairing the big beasts of the game against those nations who occupy lower rungs of the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, the X-factor in Kazan could be Carlos Queiroz.