Spain: La Roja fans in Barcelona suffer during 1-0 win over Iran

Spain fans endured a tense evening in Barcelona on Wednesday, as they watched their side cling on for a narrow 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Iran. Diego Costa scored his third goal of 2018 World Cup at the Kazan Arena, but it was not until early in the second half that Spain were able to get their breakthrough after some last-ditch defending saw a clearance ricochet of Costa's knee and into... Еще the bottom left. Iran thought they had pulled one back after a long ball pumped into the box was turned in at the far post but the goal was ruled out for offside, much to the onrushing bench's frustration. «I think the team is very rigid, but we pressed more in the second half and it was a question of Spain's technique, perseverance, attitude, and of wanting to stick it in the net,» said one Spanish fan. «I imagine it will push the boys on, we have to be more aggressive in future and break them down.» Spain and Portugal, who earlier eliminated Morocco from the competition thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, now sit joint-top of Group B, one point ahead of Iran who must hope Morocco regain some pride against the Spaniards or that they can deal some damage to the Portuguese themselves.

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