Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

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Spain has no choice but to breathe new life into its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign. While their predictable plan A is good, they lack a credible plan B, especially against sides who are not intent on playing ball and sit back in defence.

In the 54th minute, Spain broke through Iran's defensive wall to win 1-0 and avoid the precarious position of possibly missing the knockout stage of its second consecutive World Cup.

The Atletico Madrid front man got so close he stood on Beiranvand's toes, causing the 'keeper to wince in pain and drop to the ground.

After being desperately unlucky in Diego Costa's opener, which he knew absolutely nothing about, Iran looked to have drawn level through Saeid Ezatolahi. It was a defense-first game, with only a single goal scored throughout. After a pass from Andres Iniesta comes through Costa gets the ball under control and dribbles it before curling it into Iran's net, therefore scoring the opening goal for Spain.

There was also a touch of disbelief when Mehdi broke the Spanish offside trap and found himself in unfamiliar territory in the 17th minute; his wasteful end product represented the best Iranian chance of that half.

"They were provoking us, we were on the grass all the time, you can't just say that because it's your national team".

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- Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his last eight worldwide starts for Spain - he scored with both of his shots on target in their 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Portugal's mental fortitude has yet to be tested so far, and they will be uncomfortable facing an Iranian side that will hand them possession.

Queiroz's side now need a win against Portugal in their last group game to secure their passage to the last 16, although a draw could also prove to be enough if Spain suffer defeat against Morocco.

But the big Spain striker admitted his goal against Iran was fortuitous.

"But we kept the clean sheet despite the chances they have had - they are three very important points".

Spain seemed rejuvenated after the interval, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save. If you can't watch the game live, fuboTV provides access to all of the games for up to 72 hours after the original airing.