Spain stays in the run for a berth in the round of 16 with a solitary goal win over Iran in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Wednesday. The win, the first for Spain, puts them at par with Portugal who earlier in the day got better of Morocco by Ronaldo’s goal.was consulted.
The seventh day of the event saw rationing of goals as all the defeat stills – Portugal, Uruguay and Spain – won by the identical 1-0 margin.
Iran were unlucky as the equaliser scored by them through Ezatolahi in the 63rd minute was disallowed after VAR .It is for the first time that a goal awarded by the ground referee was disallowed by VAR.
Iran after today’s defeat still stays in the run as it has three points from two games. Iran had beaten Morocco earlier. It has to win its last game if it has any possibility of making it to the round of 16.
Diego Costa, who scored two goals against Portugal in the opening group match, was in his elements today as he scored his third goal in two matches thus taking his personal tally to three.
The all important goal came in the 53rd minute when Silva played the ball to Diego Costa who turned and slammed the ball into the goal but not before it got the deflection from an Iranian defender.
Iran, known for its solid defence, had its share of chances. The only time its defence cracked was when Costa scored. On the other hand, Spain needed a win desperately as it had split points with Portugal in their first group match.
Ezatolahi must have been disappointed as his first World Cup goal was disallowed.
Spain and Portugal now share the top spot with four points each while Iran is next with three points.
Morocco faces elimination as it has lost both of its games.