A frustrated Spain global had a few words to say about Carlos Queiroz's Iran, criticising the former Bafana Bafana coach's team for their negative tactics in La Furja Roja's 1-0 win in Kazan on Wednesday.
"Carlos is an awesome coach", Spain manager Fernando Hierro said.
"We have four points", Hierro said.
Iran went down narrowly to Argentina at the last World Cup with a similarly battling performance only, exhausted by their efforts, lost 3-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their final group match. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you're busy at work for the Spain Iran soccer game. However Iran's defence was breached in the 54 minute by Diego Costa with his ninth goal in nine worldwide matches. Iran adopted a more adventurous approach in attack, now that they needed to score at least one of their own.
"It's going be tight (with Ronaldo)", Hierro said. The problem was that Iran left no space in behind, and Vazquez, hardly a superior combination player, looked a man out of sync with his teammates when building in front of the defence.
Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it hard to threaten against Iran's 10-man defence.
Diego Costa was the star against Portugal with a brace, but Iran are likely to be rather more compact than the European champions.
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Spain enjoyed more than 75 percent of the possession but were unable to break down a six-man Iranian back-line. Spain were clearly lacking something come halftime, and given the wealth of depth that Spain possess, one would have liked to seen the former Madrid defender go to the bench earlier than he did.
Spain seemed rejuvenated after the interval, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save.
Hierro's players were nearly caught against the run of the play when Karim Ansarifard unleashed a powerful strike that ended up in the side-netting following a long thrown in.
Iran did make a further good chance, Mehdi Taremi heading just over, but Spain - who will know and feel like they were in game - hung on. The result? Spain had only one shot on goal in a tepid first half, that too off a plain David Silva free-kick. Meanwhile, Spain opened the 2018 World Cup with an exciting game against Portugal last Friday.
But with three points, Iran has still a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. A draw will suffice if Iran fail to beat Portugal.
Spain had to contend with more than just a well-drilled and fierce team of opponents - they were also playing against the crowd.