Iran vs Spain : Hierro picks Carvajal

Ruben Ruiz
June 21, 2018

Isco has praised interim Spain coach Fernando Hierro for having the wisdom not to make significant changes since taking the reins from the sacked Julen Lopetegui, as they aim to get their first World Cup win against Iran on Wednesday.

It took Spain the entirety of the first half to come to terms with Iran's defensive zealotry; space was restricted and constricted, but with unusual fury, speed and aggression.

Diego Costa was involved in bust-ups with Iran's players.

Saied Ezatolahi thought he'd equalised midway through the second half but, to Spain's relief, the goal was chalked off for offside.

But Iran refused to buckle, Carlos Queiroz's men coming close in the final minutes when midfielder Mehdi Taremi headed just over.

La Roja did not slow down though and, on the stroke of halftime, Silva combined with Andres Iniesta before seeing his strike deflect wide of the upright.

He said: "I think there are 32 great teams here at this World Cup and no-one is giving anything away, so anyone who thinks it is going to be very easy to score and win by a landslide is wrong".

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It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.

"But this was our first match point, if we compare this to tennis, our second match point comes against Portugal".

Spain finally broke through when Diego Costa scored without much knowledge of the situation as Ramin Rezaeian deflected his clearance off the Atletico Madrid star. Both the team look to have arrived in their best form for tonight. "Morocco lost 1-0 to Portugal but they were fighting to the end". Whose side are you as the Spaniards take on the Iranians?

Not every game will be like this, and most opponents are sure to show more endeavour than Iran, who utilised a similar park-the-bus approach in their 1-0 win over Morocco. The Iranians were awarded a freekick which they fail to goal in on!

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: While Isco was also very effective in Spain's close-knit midfield, Silva seemed to cradle the attacking burden and was often getting in and around Costa, feeding the striker and playing one-twos.

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