Spain defeat Iran thanks to second half goal by Diego Costa

Spain defeat Iran thanks to second half goal by Diego Costa

- Diego Costa scores as Spain defeat Iran by 1-0 in their group game played in Kazan

- The Spanish side will be looking to top the group in their final match against Morocco

Spain finally got their first win at the Russia 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iran in their second Group B match.

The first half was deadlocked as there was no clear attempt on goal from either side, only a deflected shot from David Silva went wide.

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Diego Costa scored the all important goal for the 2010 champions in the 54th minute after a good interchange play from Andreas Iniesta and David Silva.

Spain defeat Iran

The striker scored his 3rd goal of the tournament. Photo credit: Getty Images

Then an attempted clearance from an Iranian defender somehow came off Costa's leg as the ball rolled into the net to make it 1-0.

Iran seemed to have got the equalizer eight minutes later as a cross bubbled in the 18-yard box of the Spaniards as the ball was drilled in by Karim Ansarifard.

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But their joy was short lived when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) spotted an offside by the Middle East nation as it was a massive relief for Spain.

Iran gave the star-studded Europeans a run for their money as they created chances upon chances and they closet they came was when Alireza Jahanbakhsh headed just over the bar.

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Spain are now level at top with their Iberian neighbours, Portugal, who also had a slim 1-0 win against Morocco.

Iran will need to beat Portugal in their last group game to stand a chance of qualifying into the round of 16.

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