World Cup LIVE: Spain seal crucial World Cup victory over determined underdogs Iran

Relive all of the action from this morning's Football World Cup action from Russia.

8:20am

That'll be all from us today, don't fret though - we'll be back to bring you all the coverage from Russia, same time, same place tomorrow!

8:18am

For an update on how the fixtures at this year's tournament have shaped up, click here.

To see how each group is shaping up, click here.

7:55am

So, that result sends Spain top of Group B, alongside Portugal. A huge result for the 2010 Champions, now realistically only needing a point against Morocco to get through to the round of 16.

7:54am: FULLTIME - Spain 1 Iran 0

One last chance for Iran, looking for a long throw in. Spain are resolute in defence though as the ball crosses halfway to bring the match to an end. Spain get the result they need through a controversial goal being ruled out.

7:48am: 88 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

Spain make their final change of the match, goal scorer Costa is replaced by Rodrigo.

7:42am: 82 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

Another chance for Iran! The exact same setup from before, with Amiri the target of the cross from the left this time! He gets his head to the ball, but can't keep it down as the ball sails over the bar.

7:36am: 77 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

Chance for Iran! A cross in from the left sees Teremi desperately trying to get his studs on the ball. He just misses though as Spain regather possession.

They manage to run up the other end where Spain win a free kick. Isco and Silva stand over it again. The right footed Isco takes it, but can't beat the wall.

7:30am: 70 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

Another goal mouth scramble! This time in the Iran area though. A Spanish corner goes in, before Costa and Pique end up trying to bash the ball over the line for their second. The referee gives the foul - deservedly - in Iran's favour.

Elsewhere, Iniesta is replaced by Koke.

7:22am: 62 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

Free kick for Iran now as Ramos gives away a foul, this could be their best chance to grab an equaliser. And they do equalise! Ezatolahi gets there first in the goal mouth scramble to score past de Gea - but the referee wants to check with the VAR.

He's offside! The goal won't stand. Heartbreaking moment for Iran!

7:14am: 54 mins - Spain 1 Iran 0

GOAL!!! Spain finally break through! Iniestia slips right through the Iranian defence, before finding Costa in the area. Costa turns the Iranian defence, before getting the ball to ricochet in off the defender and into the back of the net. Deserved goal for Costa and Spain there.

What can Iran muster in reply?

7:10am: 50 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Huge chance for Spain! Carvajal belts one towards goal, before The keeper makes an incredible one handed save. The danger's not over though, as Vazquez follows up the rebound, however the Beiranvand is there to make another stunning stop and keep Spain scoreless.

7:05am: 46 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Back underway as Iran kick off this time. However, they quickly surrender possession and Spain's search for an opener continues.

7:03am

Spain back out on the field already, no sign of Iran initally, before they eventually return. Spain seemingly unchanged after the break.

6:49am: HALFTIME - Spain 0 Iran 0

The referee brings Spain's misery to an end. Can they break through in the second half to claim a much needed win? We'll be back shortly to find out.

6:46am: 46 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

David Silva goes close in added time! His shot is deflected wide to force a corner though, Spain take it short, before Iran eventually clear the danger. 

6:43am: 43 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Isco finds David Silva in the penalty area, but Iran quickly swarm him and block the shot! Iran's gameplan going off without a hitch here as halftime approaches.

6:38am: 38 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Iran starting to really frustrate Spain now. Even the goalkeeper is going down with what looks like cramp. Spain are starting to lose their cool here...

6:30am: 30 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Iniesta wins a corner for Spain and Isco takes it short. The ball is crossed out to Pique at the back post, who heads it down for David Silva who can't keep his shot down! Goal kick Iran.

6:24am: 24 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Costa is fouled right on the edge of the area for another Spain free kick, David Silva to take it. He shoots but it's straight into the grasp of the keeper.

6:20am: 20 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Another free kick for Spain in a threatening position. Ramos stands over it - will he go for goal? He shoots, but the ball crashes into the wall. Still scoreless, Spain have now had 77 per cent of the ball.

6:16am: 16 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Spain with a staggering 75 per cent of possession so far. Still unable to break through though as Iniesta curls one in towards Vazquez at the back post, Beiranvand does well to claim though.

6:10am: 10 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Another free kick for Spain, David Silva and Isco stand over it. Silva takes it left footed but it beats everyone to give Iran possession. Spain have already been given eight fouls in the opening 10 minutes.

6:07am: 7 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

How quickly things change - Iran win a free kick right on the right edge of Spain's area, sending everyone forward. Spain clear the danger and look to break. Iran flee back to defend as Spain try and work an opening. Still scoreless in Kazan.

6:02am: 2 mins - Spain 0 Iran 0

Iran's entire team are currently parked inside their own half. Spain dominant with possession so far, with Iniesta and Silva dictating terms. Isco tries a ball over the top for Costa, but the Iranian keeper comes with a punch to clear the danger.

6:00am: KICKOFF - Spain 0 Iran 0

Spain get this match underway as Costa passes back from the centre circle.

5:52am

Both sides make their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch in Kazan! A huge moment in Iranian football, they can book their place in the second round with a win here today.

5:40am

Right then, here are the starting XIs for this morning's final match:

Spain (4-2-3-1): 1. David de Gea (gk), 2. Dani Carvajal, 3. Gerard Pique, 15. Sergio Ramos (c), 18. Jori Alba, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Andres Iniesta, 11. Lucas Vazquez, 22. Isco, 21. David Silva, 19. Diego Costa.

Iran (4-1-4-1): 1. Alireza Beiranvand (gk), 23. Ramin Rezaeian, 19. Majid Hosseini, 8. Morteza Pouraliganji, 3. Ehsan Hajsafi (c), 9. Omid Ebrahimi, 17. Mehdi Taremi, 6. Saeid Ezatolahi, 11. Vahid Amiri, 10. Karim Ansarifard, 20. Sardar Azmoun.

5:32am

After a morning that's seen both Portugal and Uruguay book their spots in the second round, pressure falls on 2010 champions Spain to stamp their authority over underdogs Iran.

Spain opened their tournament with a 3-3 draw against Portugal last week, while Iran snuck a 1-0 victory over Morocco to take a shock lead in Group B.

We'll have the final XIs for you shortly, kick off still just under half an hour away in Kazan.


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Former Premier League striker rejects offer to join rebuilding Wellington Phoenix

The Wellington Phoenix are back to recruiting players after their latest attempt to sign another former Premier League player fell through.

The Kiwi club was in talks with veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins after he had been frozen out by his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua following a serious injury in April.

But Martins has decided to focus on recovery from his torn hamstring instead of signing with a new team.

"I've spoken with Obafemi and he just wants to continue to rehabilitate from his injury in the UK for the time being," his agent Ante Alilovic told SBS.

"He's told me he wants to hold off until January (to make a decision on his future).

"I don't think the A-League is a serious option in terms of what he can earn elsewhere. He won't be coming to Australia and I think he sees his future remaining in China."

Martins played five seasons for Inter Milan from 2001-2006 before moving to the Premier League, making 88 appearances in three years for Newcastle United. More recently, Martins has played in Major League Soccer before joining Shanghai.

It's a blow for the Wellington club who received a green light from Football Federation Australia to pursue the 33-year-old with a marquee contract, meaning they would contribute from their own funds to help the Phoenix get his signature on the dotted line.

It marks the second failed attempt to find a marquee player after reported negotiations between former Chelsea star Michael Essien and Phoenix broke down prior to their pursuit of Martins.

Obafemi Martins celebrates a goal for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor.
Obafemi Martins celebrates a goal for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor. Source: Getty


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TVNZ FC: Return of the Champions League and this is Zlatan's world, we just live in it

TVNZ FC is back for another week, with plenty to talk about from the world of football.

This week, Jack Tame is joined by Victor Waters and Simon Plumb, as Europe's elite welcomed the return of the Champions League.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Chelsea keep their 100 per cent winning starts to the Premier League alive, while Cristiano Ronaldo finally breaks his duck in Italy.

Jumping across the pond, Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched his 500th career goal in the only way he knows how, firing home an audacious karate-kick for the LA Galaxy against Toronto FC.

And finally, our very own Victor finds himself at the centre of a movement to bring a former Newcastle and Inter Milan star down under to the Wellington Phoenix.

Jack Tame leads TVNZ's football gurus to discuss this week's action. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Stunning late goal gives Liverpool dramatic Champions League victory over PSG

Roberto Firmino had an eye for goal just when Liverpool needed a winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Liverpool had thrown away a two-goal lead at Anfield today, with Kylian Mbappe striking an 83rd-minute equaliser, but the French World Cup star's carelessness at the other end proved costly for PSG in stoppage time.

Mbappe was dispossessed by James Milner, giving Liverpool a final chance to attack the visiting goal.

Firmino, who only came on in the second half after scratching his eye in Sunday's victory at Tottenham, found the space to weave through the PSG defence and strike the ball low into the net to seal a 3-2 victory.

For his celebration, the Brazilian covered his left eye as teammates leapt on him.

It made for painful viewing for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, who had seen similar scenes before.

As Borussia Dortmund coach, Tuchel's side also conceded in the first minute of stoppage time at Anfield to go out of the Europa League in the quarterfinals in 2016.

The stakes weren't as high this time. This was only the opening game in Group C of the Champions League and PSG has five games to secure one of the top two places to advance to the round of 16.

But four months after losing last season's final, Liverpool showed they might be capable of challenging for the title once again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappe for much of the game.

An emphatic start saw Daniel Sturridge score the opener in the 30th minute and Milner double the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later.

But having failed to turn their dominance into more goals, Liverpool conceded before halftime when Thomas Meunier sliced into the net.

And Liverpool was left reeling when Mohamed Salah misplaced a pass that allowed Neymar to carry the ball forward and Mbappe to produce the equaliser.

Salah was brought off two minutes later, and found his own curious way to celebrate Firmino's winning goal.

The Egypt forward threw a water bottle at the ground looking far from happy.


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Inter Milan star fires home brilliant volley as Tottenham snatch Champions League defeat from jaws of victory

Inter Milan scored two late goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to mark their return to the Champions League with a 2-1 comeback victory against Tottenham this morning.

Inter's first game in the competition since 2012 looked set to end in disappointment when Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen's shot took a lucky deflection and looped into the net in the 53rd minute.

But Mauro Icardi equalised with a perfectly struck volley in the 86th and Vecino headed in the winner in injury time to send the San Siro wild.

Tottenham fell to their third straight loss in all competitions despite taking the lead somewhat against the run of play.

Eriksen's initial shot was parried by Samir Handanovic but the Inter defense failed to clear the danger.

The ball came back to the Denmark international and his second attempt took a huge deflection off Joao Miranda and floated over Handanovic.

However, Icardi pounced four minutes from time with a powerful volley into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

That inspired Inter and they poured forward. After earlier chances to snatch the winner, a corner was nodded on to Vecino who headed in in the second minute of stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane's post-World Cup struggles continued.

Kane was the top scorer at the tournament in Russia with six goals in England's run to the semifinals, but the 25-year-old has not found the back of the net since a 3-0 victory over Manchester United last month.

He went closest in the 37th minute as he sprung the offside trap to meet Eriksen's ball over the top but Handanovic forced the England forward wide and he couldn't find the angle to shoot.


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