A deflected strike from Diego Costa handed Spain their first victory in World Cup 2018 against Iran.
La Roja were given a tough fight by Carlos Queiroz’s men, and things remained goalless at half-time.
Costa’s goal came in the 54th minute, and while Iran did manage to get one back, it was disallowed by the referee due to Saeid Ezatolahi being offside.
Here we take a look at player ratings for Fernando Hierro’s Spanish side.
David de Gea – 5: Had little to do but still managed to look shaky. A real worry for Spain heading into the latter stages.
Dani Carvajal – 7: Returned to action following injury and always looking to advance down the right wing. Looks fully fit which is great news for Spain.
Gerard Pique – 6: Little defending required but was occasionally troubled by the physicality of opposing striker Azmoun. Below his best.
Sergio Ramos – 7: Defended with stern determination and sent an ambitious long-range free-kick into the wall as his team pushed for the opener.
Jordi Alba – 6: Struggled to make an attacking impact in the tight spaces of Iran’s penalty box but defended with diligence.
David Silva – 8: Always probing from the centre of the pitch and a regular goal threat, hooking one shot over the bar and having another blocked.
Sergi Busquets – 7: More advanced than usual as Iran sat back and had a rare long-range strike saved. Took control after the opener.
Isco enjoyed a good night in midfield.
Isco – 8: Took the lead role in Spain’s attempts to break down Iran and produced some spectacular touches, always looking his team’s most creative force.
Lucas Vazquez – 5: Selected to give penetration down the right wing but failed to do so. Replaced by Asensio after a disappointing display.
Diego Costa – 6: Desperately struggled to get involved in the first half but was in the right place to break the deadlock with a flukey deflection.
Andres Iniesta – 6: Very quiet until he sparked the opening goal with a classy dribble. Replaced shortly after having done his job.
Koke – 6: The first introduction, replacing Iniesta in midfield, and shored things up in the middle.
Marco Asensio – 5: Played down the right wing in the latter stages but failed to make much impact.
Rodrigo – 6: Introduced for the final few minutes, with little chance to impress.