Spain confirm goalkeeper for Iran clash

Kristopher Nichols
June 21, 2018

Spain tied 3-3 with Portugal on Friday in their first global match under newly-minted head coach Hierro, who took the job just two days before the World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was sacked for announcing he would lead Real Madrid next season, reports Efe.

CHANCES TO BREAK IRAN'S RESOLVE: With five attempts in the first-half, all of differing difficulty, you would have expected one of those to find the back of the net.

Iran had the ball in the back of the net just eight minutes later courtesy of Saeid Ezatolahi, but their wild celebrations were cut short after referee Andres Cunha was advised by VAR that Rezaeian's vital intervention had been made from an offside position.

Trailing in the final quarter of the match, the Iranians still showed their competitiveness and went close to drawing level on a few occasions, with Mehdi Taremi going the closets in the 81st minute by heading over at the far post.

Coach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can "make the impossible possible".

Iran, though, did not lie down as other teams have done in this World Cup, instead laying into Spain with everything they had. Collective sighs ran through the La roja Camp and fans in stands as the goal was nullified and they were confirmed to be still leading the game.

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Spain chalked up the 1-0 win over Iran at Kazan Arena thanks to a strike from Diego Costa.

But with three points, Iran has still a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. Any concerns about turmoil on the Spanish squad were laid to rest following the coaching change that occurred just before the World Cup began.

Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defence.

New Spain boss Fernando Hierro, will be confident that those mistakes will not be repeated again, at that Spain can get their campaign back on track with a victory. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you're busy at work for the Spain Iran soccer game.

It promises to be an interesting game as Iran and Spain meet for the first ever time.

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