Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

  • Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

Group B at the Fifa World Cup is fast becoming a pool of death after Spain and Portugal each claimed 1-0 wins.

In a first half that resembled a training ground exercise as Spain struggled to break down the Iranians, who defended with all 11 men behind the ball, the best chance fell to David Silva just before the break.

Iran was also unsafe on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot that deflected off Ramin Rezeian before bouncing back onto Costa's knee and into the net.

Saeid Ezatohahi thought he had scored an equaliser for Iran in the 64th minute netting from a corner but his goal was ruled out by the assistant referee, while the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could not find anything to reverse the decision.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his team may have won their World Cup "final" against Morocco on Friday but he already has his sights set on a "Universe Cup final" against Spain.

Close! Iran with a great chance to opening the score! However, highlights showed that Costa didn't step on his opponent's feet and probably all that was play-acting in order to waste time.

Costa was named man of the match for his display, but in his interview after the game the former Chelsea forward was visibly irked by a question from an Iranian journalist.

The victor against Iran means he is one goal behind Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot, but Costa is not focused on individual honours.

Sergio Busquets' drive from 20 yards was then parried by Beiranvand, who palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could pounce.

It's expected Spain will win this game against IR Iran.quite handily.

"What game were you watching?" After two defeats, Morocco are out.

- Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his last eight global starts for Spain - he scored with both of his shots on target in their 3-3 draw with Portugal.

But while lady luck smiled on Spain, the same was not to be said for Iran, whose efforts went unrewarded - Spain left breathing a collective sigh of relief on a day they were far from "Supermen".

Diego Costa was the star against Portugal with a brace, but Iran are likely to be rather more compact than the European champions. He was indeed the standout player on the pitch in the first-half, making 43 passes with a 93 per cent accuracy rate and registering, surprisingly, five shots on goal.

Given the tumult in the Spain camp, things could easily have gone horribly wrong for them against Portugal, but - according to Isco - Hierro has done the right thing by using Lopetegui's tactics as the foundation for his own.