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Spain fans had even voted against De Gea keeping his place in goal for Spain's second Group B game against Iran on Wednesday evening.

Spain are now joint top with Portugal on four points after they beat Morocco 1-0 earlier. While luck favoured courageous Iran as they emerged the victor against Morocco, credits to Aziz Bouhaddouz's own goal in the stoppage time, Spain had to comprehend Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick to fight out a draw.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time. Iran, meanwhile, face Portugal on the same day needing a win to progress at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

The defeat leaves Iran on three points, following their last-gasp win over Morocco. That's his third goal of the World Cup!

Spain was mostly risky from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand. Spain may be the favorite, but there's no reason Iran can't pull off an upset if they're able to disrupt the Spanish offense.

But Iran refused to buckle, Carlos Queiroz's men coming close in the final minutes when midfielder Mehdi Taremi headed just over.

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But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadium with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.

Iran have never beaten a European side at a World Cup - their only previous victory was a 2-1 win over the United States in France in 1998.

While only one of them was a clear-cut opportunity Silva dropped deeper after the break and looked to gather the ball further away from goal. On the other hand, Spain coach Fernando Hierro confirmed that David De Gea will continue as goalkeeper against Iran, despite failing to stop Ronaldo from scoring a hat trick in their opening game.

Costa put Spain ahead in the 54th minute, although there was a touch of luck to the goal. Monday's meeting with Portugal in Saransk will be decisive to their fortunes and the risk of losing either player appeared too great.

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