FPJ's dream XI predictions for Iran and Spain; Live blog


That's his third goal of the World Cup!

World Class Analysis from Andy Gray.

This will be the first encounter between Iran and Spain. It's working at half-time 0-0.

Read on for a preview of Wednesday's group-stage meeting, complete with all the latest team news, fixture details and live-stream information. Sardar Azmoun starts up top for Iran.

You can watch the stream of the match from Kazan Live & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. As we've been saying for a few years now, he's one of the two or three best goalkeepers in the world. Team Melli needed a huge slice of luck as Moroccan substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net.

Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain's World Cup ambitions were kept in check, nearly single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. "He has been training with the rest of the team for almost one week so has recovered very well".

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Iran is going into the game against Spain with a win against Morocco.

Spain are preparing for a win against the Persians following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal in Group B but La Roja are under the pressure since they are afraid of an early exit.

Emergency boss Hierro has forcefully stated his unwavering support for the struggling keeper and, for now, de Gea's place in the team is safe - partly due to a lack of serious alternatives as the squad's other two goalkeepers are Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has only won one cap to date, and 35 year-old Pepe Reina, who has only made one competitive appearance for his country in four years. The Atletico Madrid striker showed his individual class and poaching instincts with both goals and will be charged with breaking the deadlock against a mean Iranian defence.

Spain vs Iran from Group B wraps up Wednesday's slate of 2018 World Cup soccer games.

But the shot-stopper has failed to live up to his "Dave Saves" mantle by committing a series of shocking blunders for Spain in recent weeks, including a terrible error to gift Ronaldo his second goal of the game in Friday's opener.