Spain vs Iran Match preview
This will be the first ever encounter between
Iran and Spain.
Iran are winless against European opposition
at the World Cup, having lost five of their six
previous fixtures .
Spain are unbeaten against Asian opponents
at the World Cup ,
Spain have been eliminated at the group stage
in two of the last three World Cup
tournaments in which they’ve failed to win
their first match however,
they won the tournament on the other
occasion, doing so in 2010 despite losing their
first match to Switzerland.
Spain have conceded 10 goals in their last
four World Cup matches – as many as in their
previous 15 World Cup matches combined.
In their 1-0 victory over Morocco, Iran
became the first team since 1966 to score a
goal without attempting a shot in a half of
World Cup football, their winning goal came
courtesy of a 90th minute own-goal by
Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz.
Iran’s winning goal against Morocco was
scored after 94 minutes and 7 seconds, it
was the latest winning goal in a World Cup
match since June 2006, a Francesco Totti
penalty against Australia for Italy in a 1-0
Iran’s last three World Cup goals have all
come in the final 15 minutes of matches –
they have never scored before the 36th
minute in a World Cup match.
Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his last
eight international starts for Spain – he
scored with both of his shots on target in
their 3-3 draw with Portugal.
Iran could become the first Asian nation to
win consecutive World Cup matches since
South Korea in June 2002.