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Starting XI: Spain vs Iran

After a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup encounter, Spain will be targeting victory when they meet Carlos Queiroz's Iran in their second Group B match. Here is how the teams will line up.

Click through the gallery above to see Spain's star-studded starting XI.

FIFA World Cup, Group B

Teams: Iran vs Spain

Date: 20 June 2018

Time: 20:00

Venue: Kazan Arena

Even though the result from their first match was not what the Spaniards would have wanted, they are still considered as one of the favourites to win the showpiece in Russia.

The European giants will be slightly worried going into this encounter, though, having been eliminated at the group stages in two of the past three World Cups in which they have failed to win their opening game.

Portugal currently top the group after seeing off Morocco 1-0 this afternoon.

Iran, who will be facing La Furia Roja for the first time, are winless against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost five of their six previous fixtures against them.

Diego Costa will be the one of the many players Iran will need to keep a close eye on during the fixture as the Atletico Madrid star has scored eight goals in his past eight international starts.

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Here is how the teams will line up:

Iran: Beiranvand, Sadi, Ezatolahi, Pouraliganji, Omid, Karim, Amiri, Mehdi, Hosseini, Sardar, Ramin.

Spain: De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Isco, Vazquez, Costa.

Do you think Iran will be able to cause Spain any problems in this match? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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