Warning for Spain after German loss at World Cup
Reuters reports from KAZAN, Russia, that Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.
FIFA support for Iranian women going to stadiums
Some of the fans at the Iran-Morocco match in the 2018 World Cup carried placards asking for the right of Iranian women to watch football games in stadiums. This move was initially declared to be political by the St Petersburgh stadium officials. But, FIFA announced that the placards carried a social message, not a political one, and allowed fans to take them inside the stadium.
Queiroz warns Spain
"Spain have the best players, the best technical skills, but on its own that won't win you the game - you have to play," Iran's coach told EFE.
Iran players call out Nike after Morocco win
Iran's Karim Ansarifard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh had strong words for Nike following their team's 1-0 win against Morocco to open the World Cup.
2018 World Cup: Iran 1-Morocco 0
Iran left it as late as possible to sink Morocco and take all three points in their opening World Cup Group B game, with Aziz Bouhaddouz turning the ball into his own net deep into injury time to give Carlos Queiroz's side a 1-0 win.