Spanish playmaker Isco say Wednesday's (Jun 20) match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russian Federation following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal.
The Spaniards faced Cristiano Ronaldo at his finest in their first World Cup game and walked away with a single point against Portugal after a 3-3 draw.
Spain midfielder Isco: "It's a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny. From my experience, athletes need confidence not only in good times", he added.
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.
The Carlos Queiroz's men will be hoping to beat the La Rojo so as to top the group after beating Morocco 1-0 on Friday.
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Spain came into the event as one of the big favourites, having dominated in major football tournaments between 2008 and 2012. "Our attitude is to try and make the impossible possible". Pouraliganji is a threat from set-pieces and could be an outlet of Iran as they are pushed back by the possession game of Spain.
"It has been tough for him to face this without expecting it, but I see him very well, very concentrated and he trusts us a lot".
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The second half saw Spain attack with more intent but it was a stroke of luck that saw them take the lead in the 54th minute. If Cristiano Ronaldo's late free-kick had not been scored, Spain would have had a 91% chance of going through after one match.
Saeid Ezatohahi thought he had scored an equaliser for Iran in the 64th minute netting from a corner but his goal was ruled out by the assistant referee, while the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could not find anything to reverse the decision.