Isco kisses David De Gea's glove after Spain beat Iran

Iran beat Morocco 1-0 in their opening game

On the evidence of the opening two matches, Spain don't look like the heavyweight contenders that drubbed Argentina 6-1 three months ago.

Diego Costa scored the only goal as Spain managed a 1-0 win over Iran in their Group B tie on Wednesday at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

That score preceded by almost an hour of a feckless Spanish attack consistently thwarted by the Iranians and followed by an offsides that negated an equalizer-all in front of frenzied crowd that turned Kazan Arena into the northernmost neighborhood of Tehran.

Boasting Asia's meanest defence, Queiroz's well-drilled Iran were typically grudging, but they will again rue the lack of a clinical touch after a number of chances went begging.

"Tomorrow we get up early, we train and it's a pleasure to get up in the morning and see they are so committed".

Spain are now level at top with their Iberian neighbours, Portugal, who also had a slim 1-0 win against Morocco.

"It's hard to get into a rhythm with so much interruption".

After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzelas blown by a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with the points and content that they played the better football against Carlos Queiroz's stingy side. He unsettled the Iranian defenders marking him which made them clear the ball hastily.

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It was far from a attractive win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile. What he has done with Iran is incredible, really professional.

That goal is one step closer thanks to Costa's intervention, but Spain need to add more strings to their bow and be more malleable in the face of their opponent after being slow to adapt against Iran. Iran conceded only five goals in its 18 qualifiers for this World Cup.

Following the Morocco win, thousands took to the streets in rare and wild celebrations including many women.

All the time the ball spent on Spain's offensive end eventually paid off, however, even if the goal won't be celebrated as a bit of classic Spanish artistry.

Lucas Vazquez, also at Real, comes in on the right side of midfield in place of Atletico Madrid's Koke to join Isco and David Silva in support of striker Diego Costa, who scored twice against Portugal.

The score pushed the defensive-minded Iranians onto the attack, and they scored what appeared to be the goal they needed to knot it back up.

However, consultation with the video assistant referee saw the goal correctly ruled out for offside.

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