Iran vs Spain FIFA World Cup 2018 – Watch Live Streaming, as Iran Vs Spain The powerhouses of FIFA World Cup 2018, will desperately be seeking three points against Iran in their World Cup Group B contest at Kazan Arena. It is indeed ironic that Iran find themselves at the top of the FIFA Points Table for Group A as they pulled off a 95th-minute win over Morocco while Spain, looking good to gain maximum points against Portugal when leading 3-2, fell prey to Cristiano Ronaldo‘s genius. Nevertheless, Spain can be assumed to be way stronger than Iran, who did not have a shot at goal in the Morocco match and needed a self-goal from the Africans to win.
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Iran coach Carlos Queiroz: “If the game against Morocco was the World Cup final for us, the game against Spain will be the Universe Cup final.
“It was not a miracle that we won. What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, can create super stories and super things. Our attitude is to try and make the impossible possible.”
Spain midfielder Isco: “It’s a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny. We want to score from the opening minute, even though that won’t be easy.
“We will stick to the style that defines us as a team, but we have to pass the ball around a lot more and maintain possession. If we play quickly across the pitch, the chances will come. I hope we score quickly.”
- This will be the first encounter between Iran and Spain.
- Iran are winless against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of their six previous fixtures (D1).
- Spain are unbeaten against Asian opponents at the World Cup (W2, D2), though they did lose on penalties after one of those draws (against South Korea in 2002).
- In their 1-0 victory over Morocco, Iran became the first team since 1966 to score a goal without attempting a shot during a half of World Cup football – their winner was a 90th minute own goal by Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz.
- That goal was scored after 94 minutes and seven seconds – it was the latest winning goal in a World Cup match since June 2006, a Francesco Totti penalty against Australia for Italy in a 1-0 win (94:24).
- Their last three World Cup goals have all come in the final 15 minutes of matches – they have never scored before the 36th minute at a World Cup,
- Iran could become the first Asian team to win consecutive World Cup matches since South Korea in June 2002.
- Spain have been eliminated at the group stage in two of the last three World Cup tournaments in which they have failed to win their first match (1998 and 2014) – however, they won the tournament on the other occasion, doing so in 2010 despite losing their first match to Switzerland.
- Spain have conceded 10 goals in their last four World Cup matches – as many as in their previous 15 World Cup matches combined.
- Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his last eight international starts for Spain – he scored with both of his shots on target in their 3-3 draw with Portugal.
‘Spain 71% chance of progressing’
Football statisticians Gracenote Sports believe Spain have a 71% chance of progressing through the group.
Gracenote Sports head of analysis Simon Gleave: “Spain remain favourites to reach the last 16 from Group B but dropping two points against Portugal reduced their chance slightly to 71%. If Cristiano Ronaldo’s late free-kick had not been scored, Spain would have had a 91% chance of going through after one match. As Iran beat Morocco, this group is guaranteed to go down to the final two matches next Monday.”