Andres Cunha to officiate Iran vs Spain

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2018

The Man City star is likely to start again against Iran and his influence will be crucial if Spain is to pick up their first victory of the 2018 World Cup.

A draw against Morocco will be enough to take them into the last 16, while Iran - who performed brilliantly - must now beat Portugal to progress.

Spain were camped in the Iran half for the most part of the opening 30 minutes, but they struggled to find openings in the final third. "From my experience, athletes need confidence not only in good times", he added.

Iran's only other World Cup win came at the 1998 tournament in France, when goals from Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia secured a 2-1 triumph over the United States.

Spain and Portugal are tied for second in Group B with one point each, while Iran leads the group with three points after beating Morocco 1-0 earlier Friday.

Queiroz's men were similarly obdurate in their last World Cup outing, coming within seconds of claiming a famous point against Argentina four years ago before Lionel Messi conjured a brilliant late victor.

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Spain came into the event as one of the big favourites, having dominated in major football tournaments between 2008 and 2012.

"It has been tough for him to face this without expecting it, but I see him very well, very concentrated and he trusts us a lot". They have lost to the likes of Tunisia and Turkey this year and it would be a trial by fire against Spain. "Our attitude is to try and make the impossible possible".

It promises to be an interesting game as Iran and Spain meet for the first ever time. Pouraliganji is a threat from set-pieces and could be an outlet of Iran as they are pushed back by the possession game of Spain.

Spain have conceded 10 goals in their last four World Cup matches - as many as in their previous 15 World Cup matches combined.

Spain were looking to get the second goal with five minutes remaining that would take them top of the group, but they could not carve out another chance.

Goals: 0-1, min. 55: Diego Costa.

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