Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his team may have won their World Cup "final" against Morocco on Friday but he already has his sights set on a "Universe Cup final" against Spain. While luck favoured fearless Iran as they emerged the victor against Morocco, credits to Aziz Bouhaddouz's own goal in the stoppage time, Spain had to comprehend Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick to fight out a draw. Iran win a throw deep inside the Spain half and Pique nods down. but only as far as Haji Safi, who murders what looks like a brilliant finish into the back of the net. but it's the side-netting!
Iran did their utmost to frustrate the 2010 world champions in a clash of styles, but Diego Costa eventually opened the scoring with a scrappy 54th-minute victor that ended up the evening's only goal.
62' - GOAL! Iran 1-1 Spain (Ezatolahi) The free-kick is curled in nastily, a scramble, a drive into the net, and we're checking VAR to see if the decision to disallow it for offside is correct. Morocco are on the verge of exiting the 2018 World Cup - the first time they are making an appearance since 1998 - unless they can stave off defeat against the European champions.
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By the time the interval arrived, though, the only major ignition point had been a scuffle when Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand went down dramatically after a tap from Costa.
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Former Ireland midfielder Roy Keane looked suitably unimpressed when ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said that he had sympathy for Spain following their 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday.
As for Spain, they will be slightly frustrated with coming away with just a point in their opening 3-3 draw with Portugal.
Iran, with a victory over Morocco in the first round of pool play, remain in contention to advance to the knockout stage, but the African nation is now only playing for pride with just one match to come, against Spain.
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