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

Andres Iniesta says the Spain players are treating their game with Iran like a final

Iran need a win over Portugal in their final group game, which is a big ask for one of the lowest ranked sides in the tournament.

Spain chalked up the 1-0 win over Iran at Kazan Arena thanks to a strike from Diego Costa.

His first game in charge saw Spain's World Cup opener end in a brilliant 3-3 draw with Portugal, though the scoreline perhaps did not tell the full story, as the European champions were helped by a rare David de Gea error and an exquisite late Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.

The Barcelona midfielder pointed out that one of the strengths of the team lies in that majority know each other very well after playing together for many years.

They won nine of ten games, conceding just three goals, two of which came in the last match, by which point they had already secured qualification.

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"I have 23 players with their own character and you can not treat them all the same", he told his Iran pre-match press conference when asked what he had said to the goalkeeper.

That was soon ruled out and it was suggested he could return for Spain's final Group B match against Morocco, but Hierro said at a news conference on Tuesday that the full-back is available for selection after training for the past week.

Iran 0-1 Spain means there have been no 0-0 draws in any of the 20 games at the 2018 World Cup so far - the last time that this happened was in 1954 (no 0-0's in the 26-game tournament). We hope everything will be all right.

KAZAN, June 20 ― Midfield legend Andres Iniesta has pledged Spain will overcome their early World Cup woes in Russian Federation by beating Iran today to set up another tilt at the title.

"We can guarantee that we will keep working for our dreams, and our dream is to qualify for the second round. I hadn't expected that the match against Iran would be so hard".

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He fired at Eiji Kawashima and the goalkeeper made a mess of it, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star Sadio Mane. Inui then struck the bar from distance after the Senegal defence went AWOL.

It looked an impossible route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout round but, with one-third of the journey completed, Iran remain firmly on course.

KAZAN, Russia, (Xinhua) - Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said on Tuesday that his team have nothing to lose but will just do their best in the upcoming battle against powerhouse Spain.

"It was very hard for everyone, but we have three points, that's what matters", Hierro said.

Nonetheless, it is safe to say that they would still be more of an unknown quantity to Spain, while Iran would nearly certainly know everything there is to know about Isco and company, and the threat that accompanies them.

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