SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Diego Costa of Spain scores the equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Iran vs Spain World Cup match preview
It’s safe to say that Spain will go into this game with all the confidence in the world.
It was expected by many that Spain could get turned over by European champions Portugal on Friday after their manager was sacked 48 hours before kick-off.
That looked to still be the case when Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal ahead but Spain soon fought back.
In fact, they looked the better side in large chunks of the match, only to be denied by a brilliant effort from Cristiano Ronaldo late in the game.
SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal scores a free-kick for his team’s third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Too much for Iran
David De Gea also grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he fumbled Ronaldo’s effort to hand Portugal their second.
De Gea also made an error against Switzerland in a friendly game not long before the start of the World Cup.
The Spaniard certainly needs to get his head in the game but you can’t imagine him facing too many shots in his next game.
That is because he and his side come up against an Iran side who are buoyed by their win over Morocco.
An Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal handed them their first victory in a World Cup game for 20 years but there’s not much hope for them to get their second against Spain.
Expect the floodgates to open.
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Iran players celebrate their side’s first goal, an own goal scored by Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Morocco and Iran at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Iran team news
There are no fresh injury concerns for Iran after their last game and following the win, there are likely to be no changes either.
Spain team news
Fernando Hierro could decide to change a few things in his Spain side.
Dani Carvajal could come back into the side despite Nacho’s brilliant goal against Portugal.
The Real Madrid full-back was an injury concern before the game but could now be back to match fitness.
We could also see some changes in midfield, Koke could be replaced by Thiago or Saul Niguez to give the side room to experiment.
روزبه چشمی ادامه بازیهای جام جهانی را از دست داد. روزبه در تمرین روز یکشنبه از ناحیه عضلانی دچار آسیبدیدگی شد و پس از ارزیابی پزشکی و معاینات تکمیلی مشخص شد این بازیکن در بازیهای آینده قادر به همراهی تیم ملی در جام جهانی نیست اما تا پایان رقابتها در کنار تیم ملی باقی میماند. pic.twitter.com/cFYne9e6dd