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 By Sid Lowe

Spain manager Fernando Hierro makes it clear vs. Iran: This is his team now

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.

KAZAN, Russia -- "I'm the national team coach," said Fernando Hierro, pausing for a moment before adding: "We have to get used to that." He stopped again, laughed a little and then said: "We all do, don't we?"

It had taken a good few days and it had taken a match or two as well, standing there on the touchline, but now it seemed that he at least was doing just that. Late on Wednesday night in Kazan, Spain had just defeated Iran 1-0. It was Hierro's second game in charge but there was something...

Lionel Messi 'light years' ahead of Diego Maradona - Sergio Ramos

After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.
Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record versus Morocco, Luis Suarez led Uruguay past Saudi Arabia and much more headline Matchday 7.
Spain's Diego Costa admits he hasn't been at his best recently but is trying very hard to prove he is the best striker in the squad.

Sergio Ramos hit back at Diego Maradona's comments that he was "not a crack" player by saying that Lionel Messi is the best-ever Argentina player.

Maradona told Argentine TV station Telesur that although Real Madrid and Spain defender Ramos got more attention than Diego Godin, the Uruguay international was the better player.

But speaking to reporters after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday, Ramos responded to the 1986 World Cup winner.

"I respect him and Maradona was a great player, a...

Iran's Carlos Queiroz to Spain: We didn't fake injuries -- ask Sergio Ramos

Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one winner in the match.
Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has denied his players faked getting hurt during their defeat to Spain on Wednesday and seemingly criticised the conduct of Sergio Ramos for his Champions League final tussle that injured Mohamed Salah.

Spain players complained throughout the game, which they won 1-0, about Iran's perceived time-wasting tactics. On one occasion, in the 39th minute, Diego Costa objected after Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand began jumping in pain, insisting to the referee that Costa had...

Iran national team staffer taken to hospital after goal against Spain disallowed

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.

KAZAN, Russia -- A member of the Iran national team staff was hospitalised Wednesday after the team was denied a goal when video review held up an offside call in their World Cup match against Spain.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not reveal the identity of the person, who felt ill after referee Andres Cunha disallowed Saeid Ezatolahi's goal. Cunha overturned the goal after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled that the player was offside.

Spain won the game 1-0.

"We're more concerned...