After failing to stop Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring a hat-trick in their opening Group B match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, Spain will aim to put their campaign back on track when they face World No. 37 Iran at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday. Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick and secured a 3-3 draw with Spain in a tournament classic. For Spain, the draw had felt more like a defeat, especially given the team’s inspired performance in spite of a tumultuous few days marked by their abrupt change in coaches on the eve of the tournament.Spain and Portugal are tied for second in Group B with one point each, while Iran lead the group with three points after beating Morocco 1-0.
A win against Iran will leave Spain on the brink of a place in the last 16, despite all the upheaval of the past week. 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. Iran have emerged as the early challengers to Spain and Portugal in Group B after Aziz Bouhaddouz’s 95th-minute own-goal sealed a dramatic 1-0 win in Saint Petersburg. It was only Iran’s second World Cup victory in the country’s history and means Queiroz’s side head into their clash against La Roja on Wednesday with momentum and hope.
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Iran’s build-up to this tournament had not been smooth. Nike had blocked the players’ supply of boots only four days before their opening game while further back, friendlies against Greece and Kosovo were cancelled. On the other hand, Spain coach Fernando Hierro confirmed that David De Gea will continue as goalkeeper against Iran, despite failing to stop Ronaldo from scoring a hat trick in their opening game.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming Iran vs Spain Live Score: Spain have been primed to win the title in Russia but the start to their campaign was not ideal as they drew 3-3 against Portugal. They now face Iran in their second game which will not be an easy one as the Asian team is high on confidence after their win over Morocco. An own-goal from Morocco gave Iran a win and three points. Spain now have to raise their game. Catch Spain vs Iran Live Score and FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming here.
Spain passed a “difficult” time after the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui but the players had put the affair behind them and were fully united for their World Cup match against Iran, midfield veteran Andres Iniesta said on Tuesday. The 2010 champions head into the second match at Kazan Arena eager for a win under new coach Fernando Hierro, having been held to a 3-3 draw by Iberian rivals Portugal.
Hierro replaced Lopetegui after he was sensationally fired two days before the opener, but the 50-year-old’s appointment triggered reports in the Spanish media that alleged players were divided over the change.
“We want to forget that change, it’s true that it wasn’t a nice thing for anybody and it was a difficult thing for everyone,” Iniesta, seated alongside Hierro, told reporters at Kazan Arena on the eve of the Group B match. “Right now we want to concentrate on what we’re doing and what we have.
“Have we any doubts about the coaching team? No, we don’t, we have never had any doubts.”
Spain, with its mix of proven World Cup winners and young stars, will be heavy favourites to emerge from Kazan with maximum points, though the Carlos Queiroz-coached Iranians top Group B after beating Morocco 1-0 in their opener. The opposing managers formed a mutual appreciation society on Tuesday, with Queiroz praising Hierro for uniting the side at short order, and the Spaniard describing the 65-year-old Portuguese as a “wonderful man”.