Diego Costa gets angry in post-match interview after Spain beat Iran

Cristina Cross
June 21, 2018

Group B at the Fifa World Cup is fast becoming a pool of death after Spain and Portugal each claimed 1-0 wins.

The win brought Spain level on points with Portugal in Group B after Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates defeated Morocco on the same score line.

David Silva played the ball into Diego Costa in the penalty area and he turned and sent the ball past Beiranvand.

Saeid Ezatohahi thought he had scored an equaliser for Iran in the 64th minute netting from a corner but his goal was ruled out by the assistant referee, while the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could not find anything to reverse the decision.

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Should Iran pull off their biggest shock since 1998, they will qualify for the World Cup knockout rounds for the very first time and put Spain's campaign on the rocks.

Spain: De Gea 6, Carvajal 7, Pique 6, Ramos 6, Alba 5, Iniesta 5, Busquets 6, Silva 5, Isco 7, Lucas Vazquez 5, Costa 7.

Costa was accused of standing on the foot of Iran's Ali Beiranvand.

"Everybody knows that Spain is one of the greatest teams in football history, and one thing that we can guarantee is that the Spanish team will not have an easy time against us", he told reporters.

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"That Iran 94th minute throw-in is now part of my all time best world cup moment", tweeted one fan.

Central defender Morteza Pouraliganji looked impressive in the back three against Morocco and the Al Sadd defender will have to be at his very best if team Melli is to come away with a positive result. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on! Whose side are you as the Spaniards take on the Iranians?

Not an impressive result for Spain, who didn't look almost as sharp in attack as they did in the 3-3 draw against Portugal to open the tournament. Labelled the "Iranian Messi" Azmoun will be facing Spain in the familiar surroundings of the Kazan Arena.

Iran kept a firm head on all fronts, despite David Silva's attempted volley that sailed over the crossbar after 30 minutes.

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That goal is one step closer thanks to Costa's intervention, but Spain need to add more strings to their bow and be more malleable in the face of their opponent after being slow to adapt against Iran. It was a defense-first game, with only a single goal scored throughout.

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