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Cape Town - Spain put their World Cup ambitions back on track with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Iran in a match that they certainly didn't have everything their own way.

The Carlos Queiroz's men will be hoping to beat the La Rojo so as to top the group after beating Morocco 1-0 on Friday.

In the first half, Iran played well and defended strongly and Spain could not score however they dominted the majority of the contest.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time. 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.

The Iranians entered the match as underdogs, but had a World Cup win under their belts following their opening game win over the Moroccans.

Isco jumps on Diego Costa as they celebrate Spain's goal against Iran at the Fifa World Cup.

Iran could have scored in the 80th minute but Mehdi Taremi's header went over the bar.

Alistair Bruce-Ball: "30 seconds left for Iran".

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.

They are a coiled spring, adept at soaking up pressure and - led by Sardar Azmoun, who plays his club football in this stadium for Rubin Kazan - posing a genuine threat when committing men forward.

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It came in fortunate fashion for Costa, who looked to turn onto an Andres Iniesta pass and saw Ramin Rezaeian's clearance cannon in off his shin. On the other hand, Spain coach Fernando Hierro confirmed that David De Gea will continue as goalkeeper against Iran, despite failing to stop Ronaldo from scoring a hat trick in their opening game.

It has been a World Cup of unusual bobbles, ricochets and bounces, and this time it was Spain's turn to profit.

Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.

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