Diego Costa denies stamping on Iran 'keeper, says Spain were provoked

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Iran national football team lost to Spain 1-0 in Group B of the 2018 World Cup here at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday. Collective sighs ran through the La roja Camp and fans in stands as the goal was nullified and they were confirmed to be still leading the game.

Much of the build-up to this match was focused on an apparent lack of unity in the Spain side, following on from Julen Lopetegui's shock sacking last week, although Iniesta insisted such reports were nonsense in his pre-match news conference.

Iran played toe-to-toe with Spain and deserved more from the match, but Spain's central defense made some important stops, got the victor in the second half and held on to move into a tie for first place with Portugal in Group B. 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.

The victor against Iran means he is one goal behind Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot, but Costa is not focused on individual honours. The Iranians are doing everything they could to save themselves from conceding. The odds of Iran winning are far too long to recommend that wager, but a draw isn't so far-fetched. Iran's lanky goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand nearly messed up the save, but managed to put the ball out of danger before a lurking Vasquez could take advantage.

"Everybody knows that our boys are fighters, and we will fight and we will keep our concentration until the very last second of the match".

Queiroz added: "We showed tremendous fighting spirit against a favourite to win the World Cup".

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And that led to one of the most freaky throw-ins in World Cup history.

They need to try because Costa, who has been at his battering-ram best, might not provide a get-out-of-jail card every time Spain play.

Getting in the spirit of the FIFA World Cup, the actress had painted the Spanish flag on both of her cheeks.

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