Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

Annette Crawford
June 20, 2018

Spain have the only significant piece of team news entering the midweek meeting with Iran after it emerged Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal will likely be fit to feature in his first match of the World Cup.

In a clip shared with her 977,000 Instagram followers, the singer could be seen grinning as she waved her arms in the air.

Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain's World Cup ambitions were kept in check, nearly single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

Iran took an early lead in Group B after upsetting Morocco in its opening match, while Spain earned one point from its thrilling 1-1 draw with Portugal in its group stage opener.

Iran famously picked up the victory in the World Cup for the first time since 1998 against Morocco.

Spain meet Iran in a must-win game.


"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". What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, can create super stories and super things.

"We are only on the bench and we try to do as little as possible during the game". If we play quickly across the pitch, the chances will come.

Queiroz's tactic against the North Africans was to frustrate the opposition in the hopes of triggering a "mental collapse" but the Portuguese admitted they would need a very different approach for the 2010 world champions.

After that dramatic 90th minute finish between Iran and Morocco, Iran became the only first team in 52 years to score a goal without going for a shot in one half of the game. Even though Nacho made an impact by his thunderous goal but he also gave away a penalty in the last match.

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 scored twice, and Nacho, the Spanish defender, scored the other goal in the game against Portugal.

Joaquin explained in his latest video for Movistar that Cristiano Ronaldo can cause shocks.

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