Iran v Spain: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, key player, more

first_img 4 4 4 Spain star Andres Iniesta with coach Fernando Hierro in a pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Iran. Where can I stream Iran v Spain?Iran v Spain is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio or through the talkSPORT mobile app. Costa netted twice in Spain’s opener Key players:Iran: AZ Alkmaar’s winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is likely to be the difference maker for Iran in Russia. Jahanbakhsh has been the star of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2017/18. The 24-year-old top scored in the division with 21 goals in 33 games, while only two players also finished with more than his 12 assists. Though he can play anywhere along the front line, Jahanbakhsh’s strongest position is on the right wing and he is a devilishly tricky opponent with excellent playmaking and shooting abilities.Spain: Diego Costa scored twice against Portugal and has finally established himself as an important player for Spain having struggled following the change of his international allegiance in 2013. He was their joint top scorer in qualifying, with five goals in five games, and he has netted seven times for Atletico Madrid since joining them in January.center_img 4 The Kazan Arena will host Iran v Spain Predicted line-ups:Iran: Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Ansarifard, Ebrahimi, Hajsafi, Shojaei, Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun, AmiriSpain:  De Gea, Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Isco, David Silva; Costa Team news:For La Roja, Dani Carvajal continues his return from fitness but is set to miss out with Nacho keeping his place in the team while, for Team Melli, Rouzbeh Cheshmi is out of the tournament with a muscle injury he picked up in training.What are the players saying?Masoud Shojaei (Iran): “We know that Spain are one the best teams in the world but we will also do our best. We respect them but we want to advance to the next stage.”Andres Iniesta (Spain):“We are dreaming of winning the World Cup again. But the important thing in these tournaments is to think in the short-term and not obsess of any long-term ambitions.“Our immediate aim is now Iran and to focus on that because it is crucial in terms of our aims.” The 2018 World Cup is in full swing and all of the matches have been live on talkSPORT.Today, Wednesday, there are another three games, the last of which sees Iran take on Spain from Kazan.last_img read more