Spain dominated possession, linking up beautifully and getting the ball forward quickly. But, Iran's defence was packed and frustrated their opponents, who couldn't find a way to break through.

Spain continued to work their way through the red maze and looked stronger in the second half, conjuring up as many shots as they did in the previous half.

They were rewarded through Diego Costa, who opened the scoring courtesy of Andres Iniesta's hard work.

Saied Ezatolahi thought he'd equalised midway through the second half but, to Spain's relief, the goal was chalked off for offside.

A few more chances followed but luck was not on Iran's side.


Alireza Beiranvand (GK) - 7

Held up well to make several saves. Made a terrific double save at the start of the second period.

Ehsan Haji Safi - 7

Defended well in what appeared to be a 6-2-2 formation but pressed hard.

Ramin Rezaeian - 6.5

Well-organised and regularly got behind the ball. Made breaks in the second half to try and create chances.

Majid Hosseini - 7

Great defening and press early on.

Morteza Pourlaliganji - 6.5

Denied Spain and got his body in the way.

Saied Ezatolahi - 7.5

Shifted in sync with the defence and threw his body in the way. Put the ball into the back of the net but the equaliser was disallowed after Iran erupted in celebration.


Omid Ebrahimi - 6.5

Brilliant defending in the first half.

Karim Ansarifad - 7.5

Exceptional in thwarting Spain's attack. One effort hit the side netting of De Gea's goal.

Vahid Amiri - 8

Nice run to beat Carvajal but his effort was off the mark. Tracked back to thwart Iniesta throughout the first half. Put in a stunning delivery to Taremi for a headed effort.

Mehdi Taremi - 7.5

Beautiful run forward. Directed a nice ball squarely into the box but no one was there to meet it. Header went just wide in what was a scare for Spain. His header in the 82' minute went over the crossbar.

Sardar Azmoun - 4

Quiet first half as Iran were busy defending. Things didn't change for the forward in the second half. 


Milad Mohammadi - 5.5

Did well to try and create play off the bench.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh - N/A

Didn't do enough to warrant a fair rating.

Saman Ghoddos - N/A

Didn't do enough to warrant a fair rating.


David De Gea (GK) - 6

Quiet first 45 as play was mostly in Iran's half. Not too troubled in the second half as Iran threatened but were off target. 

Jordi Alba - 5.5

Moved up the field to attack and then did well defensively. Some passes were wasted up front. 

Sergio Ramos - 6.5

A compact figure in defence.

Gerard Pique - 7

Didn't have to do much in the first half. Latched onto the ball in Iran's box and his tap-in was stopped by Beiranvand.

Dani Carvajal - 6

Back in the staring line-up and was pivotal in moments.

Lucas Vasquez - 5.5

Directed a pass behind Iran's defence in a good effort. Didn't do much else in the remainder of the game.

Andres Iniesta - 8

Kept possession, no surprises there. Was the architect in building up to Costa's goal.

Isco - 8.5

Dictated play, wasn't afraid to run deep. Brilliant to watch his magical movement. Fabulous all match.

Sergio Busquets - 7

Another who kept possession and made accurate passes.

David Silva - 7

Great link-up with Iniesta. Had a few chances as he went for goal with his free-kick but didn't trouble the 'keeper and volleyed one over the bar. 

Diego Costa - 7

Little service in the first half. Clever play in the 54th minute to roll the ball and strike into the back of the net.


Koke, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo - N/A

All came on to settle play, didn't do enough for a fair rating.