Published On : Thu, Jun 21st, 2018

World Cup 2018: Spain beat Iran 1-0

Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a win in their final group game.

The 2010 champions needed an fortuitous Diego Costa goal after half-time, having been frustrated in an opening period in which they had 81% possession.

Iran, who had defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi’s strike to be ruled out for offside.