Iran made it tough for Spain to scratch their narrow 1-0 win in the Group B clash of 2018 FIFA World Cup at Kazan Arena on Wednesday night.
With the 3-3 draw against Portugal in their World Cup opener Spain was expected to display a decent performance, however, La Rojas sweated hard to edged past Iranian defensive wall.
It was in the tenth minute of the second half Iniesta released the ball for Costa inside the box who makes a swift turn to score his third goal of the tournament.
The win hands Spain three-point and stays at the top with Portugal in Group B standing, while Iran has to outplay Portugal in their last group match to keep their hope live in the tournament. .
Full-time: Iran 0-1 Spain
90+2: Yellow card Omid Ebrahimi
90: Four minutes added
88: Substitution for Spain, Diego Costa OFF Rodrigo Moreno IN
86: Substitution for Iran, Vahid Amiri OFF Saman Ghoddos IN
80: Substitution for Spain, Lucas Vazquez OFF Marco Asensio IN
79: Yellow card Vahid Amiri
74: Substitution for Iran, Karim Ansarifard OFF Alireza Jahanbakhsh IN
71: Substitution for Spain, Andres Iniesta OFF Koke IN
69: Substitution for Iran, Ehsan Haji Safi OFF Milad Mohammadi IN
54: Goal!! Diego Costa scored for Spain
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: Iran 0-0 Spain
45: Three minutes added
1: First half kick off
Spain subs: Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marco Asensio, Nacho Monreal, Thiago Alcantara, Nacho, Saul Niguez, Koke, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo Moreno, Alvaro Odriozola.
Spain line-up: David De Gea; Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Lucas Vazquez, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa.
Iran subs: Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh, Ashkan Dejagah, Saman Ghoddos, Pejman Montazeri, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Milad Mohammadi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Masoud Shojaei, Mehdi Torabi.
Iran line-up: Alireza Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini, Ehsan Haji Safi; Omid Ebrahimi; Mehdi Taremi, Saied Ezatolahi, Vahid Amiri, Karim Ansarifard; Sardar Azmoun.
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