Iran's Carlos Queiroz to Spain: We didn't fake injuries -- ask Sergio Ramos

Brenda Watkins
June 23, 2018

Furthermore, he becomes just the fifth Spain player to net in the first two matches of a World Cup, following Estanislau Basora (1950), Andoni Goikoetxea (1994), Fernando Hierro (2002) and Fernando Torres (2006). "The better they are, the more we will fight", he said.

His gesture went unpunished, and the Atletico Madrid striker required another stroke of luck on 54 minutes when his shot came off Ramin Rezaeian to beat Beiranvand after he had been sent through by Andres Iniesta.

Iran sit top of the pile as the only Group B team with a win so far, an achievement that sparked incredible celebrations in the streets of Tehran and elsewhere throughout the Islamic republic.

Federation Internationale de Football Association statistics showed that Spain made 17 attempts at the goal throughout the match, while Iran made only five. Unfortunately for the 15,000-plus raucous Iranians in the crowd their joy was short-lived as the VAR confirmed the assistant referee's on-field decision that Saeid Ezatolahi had been marginally offside in the build-up.

Like many great footballing dynasties, though, it is probably true to say that the Spain side could probably run itself given the wealth of experience at the core of the team.

Paces picked up in the second half with Spain desperate to make a breakthrough.

The expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances in the first half.

Iran's Carlos Queiroz to Spain: We didn't fake injuries -- ask Sergio Ramos

Iran had a goal disallowed following a VAR review, while Mehdi Taremi was among those to miss chances for Carlos Queiroz's desperately unlucky side.

Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one victor in the match. The only other days in World Cup history to see three 1-0 wins in a single day were June 25 1982 (3) and June 23 2010 (3).

In May 2018, five Iranian women disguised themselves as men to gain entry to a match between Persepolis and Sepidrood Rasht, as reported by the Daily Sabah (h/t Thomas Bristow of the Daily Mirror).

The 24-year-old full-back, who has been capped 20 times for his home country, ended up costing his team a valuable 30 seconds in the dying stages of the game, only for Spain to come back and claim the match with a final score of 1 - 0. "That's it", said Queiroz, not losing the hope for Iran to progress to the next phase through a win over Portugal.

After a boring first half ended in a stalemate, Diego Costa gave La Roja the lead when his attempted shot took a big deflection off Ramin Rezaeian and into the back of the net.

"We will stick to the style that defines us as a team, but we have to pass the ball around a lot more and maintain possession".

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