Spain beat Iran 1-0 to close in on World Cup last 16

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: Spain beat Iran 1-0 to close in on World Cup last 16

Spain beat a battling Iran 1-0 thanks to a deflected Diego Costa goal, putting them on course to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

Spain’s David Silva hooked the ball over the bar after half an hour with the best of the very few chances, while Iran failed to find the target on any of their infrequent forays across the halfway line.

Iran’s forward Mehdi Taremi reacts after defeat during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain

Iran had a goal from Mehdi Taremi disallowed for offside in the second half.

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