Iran vs Spain | 20 Jun 2018

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Group B play at the 2018 World Cup resumes Wednesday when upstart Iran takes on Spain in Russian Federation.

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.

The match has been scheduled for Wednesday in Kazan's Arena Kazan.

David Silva hooked the ball over the bar after 30 minutes with the best of the very few chances, while Iran failed to find the target on any of their infrequent forays across the half-way line.

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Iran's only other World Cup win came at the 1998 tournament in France, when goals from Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia secured a 2-1 triumph over the United States.

It's very hard, but not impossible for Iran national football team to book a place at the FIFA World Cup knockout stage for the first time. Iran might be the underdogs going into Wednesday's game but the three points surely will reinforce their confidence. The Iranians are doing everything they could to save themselves from conceding.

After a pass from Andres Iniesta comes through Costa gets the ball under control and dribbles it before curling it into Iran's net, therefore scoring the opening goal for Spain.

Goals: 0-1, min. 55: Diego Costa. The Atletico Madrid striker showed his individual class and poaching instincts with both goals and will be charged with breaking the deadlock against a mean Iranian defence. With one more match to go, it is unlikely Spanish coach Fernando Hierro will make changes to his squad from the last game.

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First-choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, 25, slept rough earlier in his career while trying to establish himself and Nike withdrew its supply of boots to the Iranian players before the World Cup because of new U.S. sanctions.

Where is FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain match being played?

Iran are winless against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of their six previous fixtures (D1).

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