WC2018 Grp B
Date: 7 p.m. June 20, 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena
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Scored: 54'
- Diego Costa 54'

Live Updates for Iran -v- Spain

90' + 4'

Spain move alongside Portugal on 4 points at the top of the group after a hard fought win. Iran still not out yet and have a real chance of qualifying with a victory over Portugal. 

90' + 4'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Iran and Spain.

90' + 2'

Yellow Card

Omid Ebrahimi is booked for Iran.

90'

4 minutes added time 

88'

Substitution

Rodrigo Moreno Machado replaces Diego Costa for Spain.

87'

Spain look content to just hold onto the ball for the final few minutes here. 

86'

Substitution

Saman Ghoddos replaces Vahid Amiri for Iran.

82'

What a chance for Taremi! Amiri does some lovely work and skill down the left wing and puts a delightful ball into the box where Taremi comes thundering in and meets the header at full pace, but he can't keep it down and it flies over the bar. 

79'

Substitution

Marco Asensio replaces Lucas Vázquez for Spain.

79'

Yellow Card

Vahid Amiri is booked for Iran.

76'

Taremi punches the ground in despair as he is inches away from lastching onto a looping cross.



75'

Substitution

Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Karim Ansarifard for Iran.

74'

Attendence tonight in Kazan is 42,718

72'

The Iran fans are still blowing vuvuzela's loudly and haven't tired yet. They've been heard from minute one as the fans still think their team can grab something out of this game. 

71'

Substitution

Koke replaces Andres Iniesta for Spain.

70'

Great invention from a Spanish corner between Silva and Ramos leads to a melee in the IRanian box which the ref eventually blows a freekick for. 

69'

Substitution

Milad Mohammadi replaces Ehsan Hajsafi for Iran.

65'

Fantastic response from Iran since the Costa goal. They have now come out to play and are trying to attack at every opputunity. 

62'

Goal for Iran has been disallowed. VAR has decided that Ezatolahi was offside from the Iranian freekick that was eventually prodded home. Good decision by the officials. 

60'

Good chance for Iran to draw level. Amiri gets his head onto a cross and it goes narrowly wide of De Gea's right hand post. Good response from Iran. 

54'

Spain find the breakthrough! Andres Iniesta plays a ball into Costa who turns insode the left hand side of the penalty area, it is cleared by Rezaeian but it rebounds off the leg of Costa and past the onlooking keeper. 1-0 Spain.

54'

GOAL!

Diego Costa scores for Spain.

53'

Great effort from Karim for Iran as he rifles a shot on the half volley that hits the sde netting. The whole crowd insode the Kazan Stadium, and myself thought it was in. 



52'

Spain are have definitely begun to move the ball quicker. Another nice bit of play by Vasquez leads to a ball being pulled back to the penaly spot where Isco is awaiting, he pulls the trigger but can't connect properly and it's over the bar. 

49'

Closest Spain have come. Firstly a corner is flicked on by Ramos but the keeper makes a good save, then it was Sergio Busquets with a curling effort from 20 yards which is palmed away by Beiranvand. Spain beginning to up the tempo. 

46'

Second Half

The second half between Iran and Spain has started.

45' + 3'

Iran very disciplined in that first half and Spain not able to break them down as of yet. 

Carlos Queiroz could be seen urging his team to hold onto the ball more in that half, while Fernando Hierro looked increasingly frustrated as the half went on. 

Iran don't look as if they will budge from this defensive style and Spain will need to be very patient in the second half if they are to break the deadlock.

45' + 3'

Half Time

It is half-time between Iran and Spain.

45' + 2'

Chance! David Silva with an effort from the edge of the area that takes a deflection and goes just wide for a corner after nice interplay with Vasquez. Best move of the game for the Spanish but still 0-0. 

45'

3 minutes added on at the end of the 45 

42'

Again it's more fantastic defending from Iran. Isco combines with Iniesta down Spains left hand side and he cuts it across to the 6 yard box where Silva is just about to pull the trigger, but again it is blocked and cleared. Spain come again.

38'

Now goalkeeper Beiranvand s down after an altercation with Diego Costa. Nothing more than a scuffle and stub on the keepers toe. 

36'

Good football by Iran on the breakaway leads to a corner but it is cleared away into touch as Iran captain Haji Safi is down and in need of some treatment. 

34'

It must be said, Iran are defending brilliantly and are still yet to give Spain a chance to create a real opening. 

30'

Short corner played by Spain is eventually whipped in Iniesta, Pique, then Ramos get flicks on the end of it and it falls just behind David Silva who tries a sort of overhead style kick but it goes over the bar. 



25'

David Silva has a free kick from 25 yards that is deflected, but straight into the hands of Beiranvand. 

24'

Bit of treatment needed for Ezatohali as he takes a bang to the knee in a challenge with Diego Costa. 

22'

The possesion stats currently sit at 77% fo Spain while Iran have enjoyed just 23% of the ball, most of which has been in their own half. 

18'

Iran looking to employ 10 men behind the ball at all times almost ushering the Spanish to come and attack them. Spain are playing what looks to be a 4-1-4-1 formation.

14'

Ansarifard has a shot from 25 years but it is fairly tame and goes well wide of David de Gea's goal. 

13'

Other than a couple of niggly challenges from the Iranians theres not much to shout about so far. Spain will need to be patient tonight if they are to break down the wall of bodies in front of Beiranvand's goal.

9'

Free kick for Spain is taken by David Silva as he looks for the head of Diego Costa but the ball is cleared. No real chances in the opening 10 minuts here. 

5'

Spain enjoying most of the possesion so far as you would expect, but Iran willing to sit in deep and counter attack in numbers. 

1'

GAME ON!

The game between Iran and Spain has kicked off.

0'

Hello and welcome to live updates of Iran vs Spain in the second round of fixtures in Group B. 

Portugal progressed to the next round after victory of Morroco earlier today. Spain will be hoping to keep pace with their Iberian rivals this evening.



Photo Gallery for Iran -v- Spain



Iran
Alireza Beiranvand
Goalkeeper
Ehsan Hajsafi
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Defender
Majid Hosseini
Defender
Morteza Pouraliganji
Defender
Ramin Rezaeian
Defender
Vahid Amiri
79Booked: 79'
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Midfielder
Karim Ansarifard
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Midfielder
Omid Ebrahimi
90Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Saeid Ezatolahi
Midfielder
Mehdi Taremi
Midfielder
Sardar Azmoun
Forward

Substitutes
Amir Abedzadeh
Goalkeeper
Roozbeh Cheshmi
Defender
Ashkan Dejagah
Forward
Saman Ghoddos
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Forward
Reza Ghoochannejhad
Forward
Alireza Jahanbakhsh
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Forward
Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh
Defender
Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri
Goalkeeper
Milad Mohammadi
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Defender
Pejman Montazeri
Defender
Masoud Shojaei
Forward
Mehdi Torabi
Forward
Spain
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
Jordi Alba
Defender
Daniel Carvajal
Defender
Álvaro Odriozola
Defender
Gerard Piqué
Defender
Sergio Ramos
Defender
Sergio Busquets
Midfielder
Andres Iniesta
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Isco
Midfielder
David Silva
Midfielder
Lucas Vázquez
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Diego Costa
Forward
54Scored: 54'
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'

Substitutes
Rodrigo Moreno Machado
Forward
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Thiago Alcantara
Midfield
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Goalkeeper
Marco Asensio
Midfield
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Iago Aspas
Forward
Cesar Azpilicueta
Defender
Koke
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Nacho Monreal
Defender
Nacho
Defender
Saúl Níguez
Midfield
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper