Spain beats Iran 1-0 | Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0

Spain beats Iran 1-0
90+4': It's all over! Spain have beaten Iran 1-0 thanks to Costa's lucky goal in the 54th minute. Iran played their hearts out to draw level and got one past behind David de Gea but the goal was disallowed after an Iranian was ruled offside.

90+2': Free kick for Spain. Ebrahimi gets a YELLOW CARD. Silva and Isco are ready. Isco with the kick but it's headed clear.

90+4': Four minutes of additional time

88': Spain happy to pass the ball around frustrating Iran and it results in a foul. Referee blows the whistle. And Spain have the chance to make their final SUBSTITUTION - Costa off, Rodrigo on.

86': IRAN's SUBSTITUTION - Saman Ghoddos comes in place of Amiri

85': Spain on the prowl. They want this game to bed now. But Iran continue to thwart them.

83': CHANCE! Brilliant cross Amiri from the left and it beats everyone. Taremi leaps high but heads it over the crossbar.

80': SUBSTITUTION no. 2 for Spain - Vasquez out, Asensio in

79': YELLOW CARD for Vahid Amiri

Free kick for Spain from a dangerous position. Silva and Isco standing in front of the ball. Silva signals for it and Isco will go for it. It has been deflected. No damage done.

74': Second switch for Iran - Ansarifard out, Jahanbakhsh in

71': SUBSTITUTION for SPAIN - Koke comes in for Andres Iniesta

70': A brilliant set piece from Spain. Isco's corner rolls along the byline as Iniesta receives and pushes it in front of the goalmouth. A melee ensues as Iranian goalkeeper and defenders scramble with Pique and Costa for the ball. Referee eventually blows his whistle.

68': SUBSTITUTION for IRAN - Haji Safi makes way for Mohammadi

64': That disappointment notwithstanding, Iran continue to press forward. Football can be cruel sometimes. This game is not over yet

62': GOAL! Iran equalise! Wait, the referee has his hand raised. What's happening? They are going for the VAR. Possibly looking for offside. And replays confirm. Ezatolahi was offside. Goal has been ruled out. A free kick to Iran and Sardar gets a deflection off his head before Ezatolahi drove it past De Gea. He, however, was in an offside position during Sardar's header.

60': Iran have been aggressive since conceding that goal. Mehdi gets a cross from Ramin but only manages to hit it wide.

56': How are Iran going to respond to this? They won't be sitting back now for sure. The game has just got interesting.

54': GOAL! Diego Costa scores. Silva supplies the ball to Costa who turns but the ball is kicked onto him and the rebound rolls past the Iranian goalie!

53': MISS! Ansarifard nearly puts Iran in the lead after firing one shot that beats David de Gea but it hits the side netting.

52': Carvajal sends one inside the box and Isco shoots but the shot is well over the crossbar.

50': SAVE from Beiranvand! The game is coming to life now. Busquets takes advantage of a rare defensive slip and sends it flying to the left of Beiranvand who dives and makes the save and then palms the rebound before Vazquez has a chance to intervene.

49': Chance for Spain after Isco's corner. Gerard Pique pushes the ball towards the goal but it's cleared.

48': Iran have packed their box. Spain are finding it hard to find spaces. Some resolute defending on display

46': Second half gets underway. We will certainly see change of tactics from Spain.

Half-time: It's Iran 0-0 Spain. Barely a move from Iran to score and they have waved off every single Spain attempt.

45'+2': A superb piece of defending denies Silva who shoots from just outside the box

45'+3': Three minutes of added time to this listless half. But credit to Iran to have snuffed out every Spain move that looked even remotely threatening.

43': Despite enjoying lion's share of possession, Spain have just one shot on target so far. Iran have truly parked the bus

42': Throw in for Spain as Rezaeian goes down. Referee asks him to get up. He's is hobbling though and continues to complain later on. Safi is back in the field.

39': Now Iran goalie Beiranvand is down. Replays show him and Costa having a word. And just like that, Beiranvand acts out as his Costa stomped on his left foot. Spain aren't impressed with his theatrics. Costa, however, did make contact with his toe.

37': You can close your eyes and the roar will make it clear that Iran have the possession. The crowd has gone vocal. Corner for Iran. Ramos heads one behind to concede the corner. Karim takes it but it amounts to nothing. Meanwhile, captain of Iran has been injured here. Play halted. He looks in considerable pain.

35': Throw in for Iran inside Spain's half. Delight for Iranian fans. A long throw in this but Spain have pushed this back outside their zone.

33': Jordi Alba is the culprit as he concedes possession after a rare bad back pass

30': Super defending from Iran after Andres Iniesta floats dangerously inside the Iran box. Corner for Spain. A short corner this from Spain and CHANCE goes a begging as Silva acrobatically sends a shot over the crossbar.

27': Throw in for Spain and they sneak inside the box from the left. The cross comes for Isco who sticks out his leg before Ezatolahi clears it.

26': Good news for Iran. Ezatolahi is fit and back on the field. Iran regain full strength.

25': Free kick to Spain. Iran down to 10 man as Ezatolahi goes off for some treatment. David Silva takes the free kick from a dangerous position and it sprints towards the goalie who completes a comfortable catch.

22': Iran concede yet another free kick. Sergio Ramos takes the lead but his shot is deflected high in the air before the Iranian goalkeeper makes his move

18': The tiki taka football in full flow from Spain. Iran have formed a solid defensive wall

17': Now Iran on the prowl, Mehdi surges ahead and then finds time, space and perhaps gets nervous by the situation he finds himself in inside the Spain box. Delays his next move allowing the white shirts to arrive and his unleashes a poor cross

16': Ramos plays the ball in the middle after putting aside the referee with some force. Iran goalie Beiranvand comes forward and snuffs out the threat.

14': Spain are continuously putting Iran defense to stern test. The Iran defenders have been alert so far.

12': A late tackle on Busquets near the Iran goal. Iran protest but referee awards the free kick to Spain Silva takes, Ramos heads it to Costa but it is cleared.

10': Free kick for Spain on the left after Isco is goes down. Silva takes but it flies over the Spaniards.

9': Amiri charges in. Pique intervenes and makes the clearance

5': Now Iran reply. Their first charge towards and inside the Spain half. The fans certainly loving this after an early domination from Spain

4': Carvajal looks to go for the glory, goes in for the shot from some distance but it's safe.

2': Spain make a busy start. They have already begin their push for an early goal. Iran have been pushed deep.

1': And we're underway in Kazan. Spain in all whites, Iran donning red tonight

Lineups are in!

Iran: Ali Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini; Ehsan Haji Safi (capt), Saeid Ezatolahi, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun

Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)

Spain: David de Gea; Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos (capt), Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Lucas Vasquez, David Silva, Isco; Diego Costa

Coach: Fernando Hierro (ESP)

Referee: Andres Cunha (URU) 
 In the next match, Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 where :
  • Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put Uruguay in the lead
  • Saudi Arabia tried their best but failed to draw level
  • With this win, Uruguay have made it to the round of 16
  • Uruguay Luis Suarez scored the lone goal of the game

Spain have beaten Iran 1-0 thanks to Costa's lucky goal in the 54th minute. Iran played their hearts out to draw level and got one past behind David de Gea but the goal was disallowed after an Iranian was ruled offside.

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