A member of Iran's World Cup team needed to be taken to hospital after celebrating a disallowed equaliser against Spain. The kickoff of the second half, however, saw the Spanish side pick of momentum in their chase for a goal, creating a couple of chances.
Andres Iniesta found Costa in the box, and although Iran defender Ramin Rezaeian got to the ball first, his attempted clearance cannoned off the Atletico Madrid striker's knee and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. "I hadn't expected that the match against Iran would be so hard".
With the "easy" game over and done with, Iran will now turn their attentions to the two more-difficult tests ahead, starting with Wednesday's meeting with 2010 champions Spain.
Cape Town - Spain put their World Cup ambitions back on track with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Iran in a match that they certainly didn't have everything their own way. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.
Portugal and Spain are expected to progress into the last 16 after following up an opening day draw against each other with wins in their second games.
A member of the Iran national team staff was hospitalised Wednesday after the team was denied a goal when video review held up an offside call in their World Cup match against Spain.
Iran thought they had taken the lead on 53 minutes from a set-piece, but the ferocious Karim Ansarifard half-volley only struck the side-netting.
Iran sit top of the pile as the only Group B team with a win so far, an achievement that sparked incredible celebrations in the streets of Tehran and elsewhere throughout the Islamic republic. When asked about what achievement he wants to make, he said that athletes always want to achieve the highest possible title, and they are now hoping to win the World Cup here.
Trust has become the Spain camp's buzzword following the shock pre-tournament sacking of coach Carlos Lopetegui with replacement Fernando Hierro the latest to use it to express his faith in David de Gea. "If there was a magic potion to stop the Spanish team, one millions dollars would not be too much to buy it, even though we do have some financial troubles". His relentless work to win the ball back and his dribbles also contributed to wear down the opposition on a frustrating night for Spain's attacking players.
The Barcelona midfielder pointed out that one of the strengths of the team lies in that majority know each other very well after playing together for many years.