Spain made to toil by Iran

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Spain beat Iran 1-0 in their second group match on Wednesday, taking a big step towards the last sixteen. La Roja need one more point in the last group match against Morocco on Monday at 20.00 CEST to make it to the knock-out rounds.

The Iberians struggled against the underdogs for long spells. It was only after 53 minutes that Diego Costa scored the match-winner. Thiago failed to get off the bench. "I'm satisfied and very proud of my team. It wasn't easy, Iran turned in a strong display," commented Spain coach Fernando Hierro after the match.

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