After his promising draw against Portugal (3-3), Spain had to win against Iran to join the European champion at the head of Group B. to achieve this, Fernando Hierro lined up a 4-2-3-1 and made two changes compared to the first match against Portugal. So, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez started the match. Opposite, Carlos Queiroz also opted for a 4-2-3-1 and made a wide rotation by making eight changes compared to the match against Morocco (1-0).
From the first minutes, Spain put its foot on the ball but could not get close to the goals kept by Beiranvand. After twenty minutes, La Roja had not created any opportunities, well muzzled by a very regrouped Iranian bloc. We had to wait for the 24th and a free-kick from David Silva well captured by Beiranvand to see the first shot of the game. Fernando Hierro’s men got a new opportunity following a transversal of Iniesta, Pique remade the head for David Silva, whose acrobatic cover passed above (30′). To everyone’s surprise, Iran stood up to Spain through heroic defense.
Diego Costa unblocks the situation
After the break, Spain had a great opportunity. After a balloon badly sent back by the Iranian Defense, Sergio Busquets released a heavy shot on the edge of the surface, pushed back in two steps by Beiranvand to the nose and beard of Lucas Vazquez (50th). Three minutes later, Iran was thinking of opening the scoring. On a long touch in the surface misdirected by Ramos, Ansarifard released a nice volley which ran right next door (53′). But Carlos Queiroz’s men were about to hand over the guns just two minutes later. Andrés Iniesta sank into the Iranian Defense and served Diego Costa in the area which took advantage of a game of pool with Rezaeian to deceive the vigilance of Beiranvand (1-0, 54′).
Far from giving up its weapons, the Iranian team was responding to a center from the right by Ebrahimi, who was taken over by Taremi. But his over-crossed attempt missed the goals kept by De Gea (61′). Spain was short of taking the break. Following a combination between Isco and David Silva on corner, the ball returned to a nose-down pitch that was miraculously pushed back onto the line by Rezaeian (71′). At the end of the game, Iran was missing out on the equalisation. On the left, Amiri got rid of the dive and centered for Taremi whose head was just above (82′). At the end of the suspense, Spain won by the smallest margin and joined Portugal at the top of Group B.