Spain face date with destiny against Iran today

Spain face date with destiny against Iran today

After a stale first 45 minutes, which Spain dominated but rarely threatened, Diego Costa broke the deadlock less than 10 minutes into the second half, albeit with a huge slice of good fortune.

For 2010 World Cup champion Spain, the draw had felt more like a defeat, especially given the team's inspired performance in spite of a tumultuous few days marked by their abrupt change in coaches on the eve of the tournament.

The 34-year-old veteran player is probably playing his last World Cup.

A scintillating 3-3 draw with Portugal in their Group B opener means Fernando Hierro's side desperately need to beat Iran to secure the chance of a last 16 place ahead of a final group match with Morocco.

Spain star Isco was praised on Wednesday after taking time out before his country's crucial World Cup group game with Iran to safely escort an injured bird off the pitch.

"It won't be easy".

"Everything is open. We are still alive, dreaming".

Iran are top of Group B after beating Morocco 1-0 on Friday. I believe we have already shown this: "in hard situation, we always unite and are able to show our best", he said, adding that the team will play better to show how much they miss their brother Cheshmi.

"When I speak about my team, I speak about the 23 players", Hierro said.

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"We trust our coach and what we have done before and what we are doing now is going to work well we think".

Antoine Griezmann was the first footballer in World Cup history to have successfully scored a goal after a VAR review in the match between France and Australia. "Now we want to concentrate on what we have to do, on what we have", he said. "He's a very skilled person and I think he's the right person to unite the Spain team, which so easily could have become divided".

But Hierro is taking nothing for granted, especially from his "close friend" Queiroz. "I really admire him".

He knows the Spanish internationals very well, and they all seem ready to listen to the new boss.

Sometimes confidence is all that sets apart a striker who cannot miss from one who can.

"We got three points, four on the whole, and maybe we were happier against Portugal than today".

It proved the only goal of an entertaining match, although Iran saw one attempt chalked off for offside with help of the VAR.

"We go for it, with great belief and great determination to try to win the game", the master tactician told reporters.

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