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Iran Vs Spain: Five Things We Learnt As The Former World Champions Grind Out A Narrow Win

Iran Vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

It wasn’t pretty, but the job was done for the Spaniards after Diego Costa scored with a deflected effort handing Spain their first win of the World cup 2018 in the Iran Vs Spain match.

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Although Spain dominated the complete 90 minutes of the Iran Vs Spain match, but only due to Costa’s lucky goal and with the help of VAR, it finished 1-0 for Spain.

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La Roja had an outstanding 78 percent possession which was expected but the scoreline wasn’t as predicted by many. Iran were resilient on the day and gave their all, but unfortunately couldn’t snatch a point. But Carlos Queiroz and his men gave the World Cup favourites a tough time on the pitch and surely made life difficult for them.

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But eventually, they perished and it’s safe to say that Portugal and Spain would qualify from the group now barring a shocking win for Iran against Portugal.

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Here are the significant five talking points from the Iran Vs Spain game:

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1. Diego Costa Is Spain’s Lucky Charm

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The forward is ever present in the headlines. He scored a couple of goals against Portugal which earned Spain a 3-3 draw, and yesterday his goal against Iran secured all 3 points for his side.

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The robust, physical striker is a perfect fit and no doubt defenders avoid playing against him, as he somehow manages to get through the defense and put the ball in the back of the net. Be it holding up the long balls, building a move from the middle or being an aerial threat, the Spaniard has all at his disposal. His presence and fitness will be very important for Spain’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign and they will be hoping the striker would continue his good goal scoring form of late.

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2. Iran Is A Good Footballing Team

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This FIFA World cup has thrown many surprises upon us. Be it Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Iran, all have impressed the viewers by their resilient performances.

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The team was mainly focussed on the defensive part of their game and they didn’t have too many options as they faced the experienced Spain team, but their defensive set up was worth a praise. Regardless of what happens in their game against Portugal, they already have won hearts of millions by putting in a solid performance against Spain and who knows they might Nick it against Ronaldo and his colleagues to go through to the next round!

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3. Isco Is The Main Man For Spain

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While Diego Costa and his goal might have made the headlines, but one should not neglect the performance from the midfielders. Isco, against Iran was absolutely top class.

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Isco delivered a complete performance in the middle of the park as he completed 92 percent of his passes, and was very important in Defense as well. But his major strength is his creative footballing nature. He constantly troubled the Iranian Defense with his quick feet and neat and delicate passes to ensure the game was played at a good pace for Spain.

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Along with Costa, his performances will be vital for Spain in the next rounds of games to come as was in Iran Vs Spain encounter.

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4. The Pattern 1-0 Continues In The Tournament

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1-0 reminds us of the famous “One nil to the Arsenal” doesn’t it? And here at the FIFA World Cup 2018, big guns aren’t winning pretty and are grinding out results against the dark horses, like Arsenal did to teams around a decade ago when scoring one goal was deemed enough!

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The likes of Uruguay, Portugal, Spain and France, all have won scoring a single goal against their oppositions in the last couple of days. We are also yet to see a goal-less draw in the tournament and apart from the 3-3 frenzy between Spain and Portugal, it is all dry at the moment.

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5. VAR Is Good, But Also A Heart Breaker

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The Video Assistant Referee system, brought in for this World Cup for the first time, was welcomed by mixed reactions from the fans around the globe. But it came to light only yesterday when Iran scored against Spain but with the help of VAR, the match officials ruled the goal out for Offside.

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The Iranians were into the seventh heaven only for seconds as they realized their goal did not stand for long. The decision was correct in this case, which in the past might not have been taken care of. But as the tournament progresses, we will be able to see more of the VAR and how it affects games.

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Keep Visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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