Group B: Iran Vs Spain
Date: 20/06/2018 Time (IST) : 11:30 pm Place : Kazan Arena.
Telecast (India) : Sony Ten 2/HD and Sony Ten 3/HD
The FIFA World Cup 2018 is just over five days old and we have already seen some shocking results which probably no one would have even thought of. Big guns including Spain, Germany, Argentina and Brazil dropped points in their opening round of fixtures and we are in for more surprises as the tournament advances.
?? Mexico beat defending champions Germany
?? Ronaldo hat-trick vs Spain
?? Iceland drew vs Argentina
?? Messi missed penalty against a film director
?? Switzerland drew vs Brazil & kept Neymar silent
?? Iran's first WC win since 1998
The World Cup is the best ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/RocRj6U3QC
— Futbol World (@FutbolWorId) June 17, 2018
And now as we head towards the second round of games, Iran, against all odds sit at the top of Group B with 3 points thanks to their 1-0 win over Morocco which was also their first FIFA World Cup win in 20 years. Meanwhile, Spain were denied three points by Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who scored a beautiful free-kick with 4 minutes to the final whistle ensuring that the points were shared.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Spain [World Cup] | Freekick 3-3
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— Salvionista??? (@Rsinhoo_1904) June 16, 2018
This leaves the Iran vs Spain clash a must watch for all parties involved.
These two teams will play against each other for the first time in footballing history, and this itself makes the game much more exciting and unpredictable.
Also, Iran is winless against any European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of the six previous fixtures (D1) so the Iran Vs Spain match will be all the more important.
The team should be buzzing and rightly so. They were brilliant the other night and got the reward for their persistence against Morocco with a 1-0 victory.
Carlos Queiroz and his men were up for the challenge and shocked many with the performance against the Moroccans but now they face the mighty magicians from Spain, which is a mountain to climb for them.
Iran likes to congest the middle of the park by playing a 4-5-1 formation which doesn’t leave much space for oppositions to thread balls and it will be interesting to see how they line up for Iran Vs Spain. It will need to be a defensive masterclass from them to get anything out of the game.
Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan)
The Rubin Kazan attacker performed well against Morocco but was deprived of any service from the midfielders and could not create a real chance at goal.
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 19, 2018
He needs to deliver as he is Iran’s one and only goal threat and needs to be on his toes to challenge the likes of Pique and Ramos in opposition defense. It will be very hard for him against these two experienced defenders.
The Spanish team gave their all against Portugal the other night, but couldn’t come out with all three points against Ronaldo and his men.
Diego Costa was brilliant that day scoring 2 goals. But their defensive fragility was seen as they shipped in three goals with two of those coming through individual errors that could have been avoided.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) June 19, 2018
Goalkeeper David De Gea is expected to start for the Iran Vs Spain clash after a shocking performance vs Portugal which reports suggested he suffered a concussion before the game.
Dani Carvajal is fit again but is likely to be benched by the in-form Nacho Fernandez. Spain with their experience and talent are favourites in this clash without a doubt and they could easily wreck havoc in the Iranian Defense.
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Scored two brilliant goals in the last game against Portugal and will be hungry for more. With Iniesta and Silva supplying him, I won’t be shocked if he continues his goal-scoring run in tonight’s Iran Vs Spain game leading his team to their first win of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
⚽ WORLD CUP | @diegocosta played 76 minutes and scored two goals in the debut of @SeFutbol against Portugal. @Koke6 played the whole match in the draw (3-3) of Spain. #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/xhShQq3Naw
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 15, 2018
The Atletico Madrid striker possesses immense strength and finishing ability needed to find the back of the net at regular intervals.
Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid)
The versatile full-back was selected by Fernando Hierro against Portugal and he did not disappoint. The right-back was excellent in the 3-3 draw as he scored a thunderous strike to put Spain 3-2 ahead in the game.
— Ian ?????? (@iansaidso) June 15, 2018
Although, Dani Carvajal is now fit to play, Nacho is expected to retain his place in the 4-man defense against Iran and will be hoping to continue his good form of late.
With the firepower that Spain possess, it is a no brainer to go for a victory for them in the Iran Vs Spain game. Iran will defend, and defend their lives out, but handling Spain will be too much for them.
La Roja to get their first victory of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a comfortable 4-0 win.