Saeid Ezatolahi strike dominated out by VAR for offside
By Charlotte Marsh
Final Up to date: 20/06/18 11:01pm
Diego Costa struck again for Spain to seal a 1-Zero win over World Cup Group B opponents Iran, who had a strike disallowed by VAR for offside.
Costa, who scored twice for Spain throughout their Three-Three draw towards Portugal on Friday, added his third objective of the event when Ramin Rezaeian’s clearance cannoned off the Atletico Madrid striker’s shin and into the online.
Iran thought they’d levelled issues up 10 minutes later, however Saeid Ezatolahi’s objective was dominated out by VAR for offside after he had wheeled away in celebration.
Iran: Beiranvand (6), Safi (6), Pouraliganji (6), Hosseini (6), Rezaeian (7), Ezatolahi (7), Ebrahimi (7), Ansarifard (7), Amiri (7), Taremi (7), Azmoun (7).
Subs used: Mohammadi (5), Jahanbakhsh (four), Ghoddos (n/a).
Spain: De Gea (6), Alba (7), Ramos (7), Pique (7), Carvajal (7), Inietsa (7), Busquets (7), Vazquez (7), Isco (eight), Silva (eight), Costa (7).
Subs used: Koke (four), Asensio (four), Rodrigo (n/a).
Man of the match: Isco.
The end result places Spain high of Group B forward of Portugal – who beat Morocco 1-Zero earlier within the day – on the ‘honest play’ rule, with each having 4 factors and the identical objective distinction, however Spain receiving fewer bookings. Iran are some extent behind in third and will nonetheless make the knockout phases.
The primary half lacked clear-cut possibilities, with Karim Ansarifard firing a speculative effort huge within the 14th minute earlier than David Silva struck a fierce drive 5 minutes later, however it hammered into the physique of Majid Hosseini.
Silva had the perfect probability of the opening interval on the half-hour mark. Spain took a brief nook and after Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos headed the ball again throughout the face of objective from Andres Iniesta’s cross, Silva went for the overhead kick at shut vary, however noticed it fly over the crossbar.
Dani Carvajal returned from a hamstring harm to switch Nacho within the Spain XI, with Lucas Vazquez additionally coming in for Koke. Iran made three adjustments, with Saeid Ezatolahi, Mehdi Taremi and Majid Hosseini coming into the XI.
The second half began at a terrific tempo, with Alireza Beiranvand pressured into two nice saves simply six minutes after the restart, denying Pique on the road earlier than a terrific leaping save to maintain out a thunderous effort from Sergio Busquets. Iran went shut on the different finish not lengthy after, however Ansarifard’s strike might solely skim the facet of the online.
Costa put Spain forward within the 54th minute, though there was a contact of luck to the objective. Iniesta slipped the ball via the center for the Atletico Madrid striker, who turned as he made his shot, which took a deflection off the legs of Ramin Rezaeian and himself earlier than nestling into the again of the online.
Ten minutes later, Iran thought they’d nabbed the equaliser, however they had been denied by an offside flag. Rezaeian pumped a free-kick into the field, which discovered Ezatolahi on the again publish and he slotted house previous De Gea. Nonetheless, as he celebrated wildly together with his team-mates, the referee had his arm as much as sign he could be reviewing the objective, which after a tense jiffy, was dominated out for offside within the build-up.
Iran continued to have the higher of the efforts as the half wore on, with Mehdi Taremi lacking two wonderful possibilities. The primary within the 76th minute noticed him simply miss a cross into the realm from Vahid Amiri by mere inches, earlier than he powered a header excessive over the crossbar from shut vary with Iran unable to capitalise on their late strain.
- Iran 0-1 Spain means there have been no Zero-Zero attracts in any of the 20 video games on the 2018 World Cup up to now – the final time that this occurred was in 1954 (no Zero-Zero’s within the 26-game event).
- Iran failed to aim a single shot on course on this match – the primary time that they have failed to take action in a World Cup recreation (14 video games total).
- This end result signifies that all three matches at present ended 1-Zero. The one different days in World Cup historical past to see three 1-Zero wins in a single day had been June 25 1982 (Three) and June 23 2010 (Three).
- Diego Costa scored with every of his first three photographs on course at World Cup tournaments for Spain. He tried another after his objective, which suggests he is tried 4 total.
Man of the match – Isco
One other man-of-the-match efficiency from the Actual Madrid ahead, who was as soon as again a key a part of Spain’s attacking play. He delivered various set-pieces and crosses into the realm – with various levels of success – and continues to indicate his significance and high quality for Spain.
Iran can nonetheless mathematically make it via to the knockout phases, and tackle Portugal of their last group recreation on Monday 25 June, with Spain additionally enjoying Morocco on the identical in Kaliningrad. Each video games kick off at 7pm.
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