Spain Star Hits Out At Queiroz's Iran
Spain Star Hits Out At Carlos Queiroz's Iran
A frustrated Spain international had a few words to say about Carlos Queiroz's Iran, criticising the former Bafana Bafana coach's team for their negative tactics in La Furja Roja's 1-0 win in Kazan on Wednesday.
Click through the gallery above to see a few images from Spain's 1-0 win over Iran.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa netted the only goal of the game, ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions go level on points with Portugal in Group B.
Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal felt Iran's defensive tactics were over the top, and also hit out at what he perceived to be excessive play-acting.
"The team sits back and that is a tactical strategy that is part of the game," the 26-year-old said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"But the injuries are simulated. This is not football, it is disloyal, but everyone there with their conscience."
Carvajal also said he hopes the rest of the opposition Spain face in the tournament will be a bit more ambitious.
"It has been hard for us to open the door," he added.
"But we kept the clean sheet despite the chances they have had – they are three very important points.
"We are a team that plays direct, open, and I hope we do not have rivals that put many players in their area."
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