Amid the din, Iran’s footballers collapsed to the floor exhausted and someone decided to put Y Viva España on the PA system. Spain had lived, but dangerously. Iran had been defeated, but only just.
Three times Carlos Queiroz’s team might have scored: the first had hit the side-netting, subs and staff running from the bench before they realised it had gone wide; the second was ruled out for offside, but not before celebrations were well under way; and the third flew over the bar from six yards, Mehdi Taremi barely able to believe it.
Written by Sid Lowe at the Kazan Arena
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/20/iran-spain-world-cup-2018-group-c-match-report under the title “Diego Costa gets luck of the bounce as Spain deny stubborn Iran”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.