Spain beat Iran 1-0 to close in on World Cup last 16
Spain beat a battling Iran 1-0 thanks to a deflected Diego Costa goal, putting them on course to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup. Iran had a goal from Mehdi Taremi disallowed for offside in the second half.
Spain coach Hierro picks Carvajal for Iran match
Coach Fernando Hierro welcomed Dani Carvajal back into the starting line-up on Wednesday as 2010 World Cup winners Spain bid to keep pace with Portugal in Group B with victory against Iran. Real Madrid's Carvajal, who has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final win over Liverpool, replaces Nacho at right-back…
Pique 'surprise' as Barcelona lash out over Griezmann decision
Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he is surprised at criticism of his role in producing a video in which France star Antoine Griezmann announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann caused a stir after appearing in the film on Thursday in which he ended speculation about a possible move to Barcelona…
Costa finally making himself at home in Spain set-up
Diego Costa looked like a misfit at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, where Spain's inability to accommodate the burly centre-forward contributed to their disastrous campaign. But on Friday in Sochi, his physical presence and penalty-box prowess worked a treat for the Spanish as they ended a chaotic week with a thrilling 3-3 draw…
Spain 2018 Fifa World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
La Roja are smiling again. After the thrashing at the 2014 World Cup and the defeats at Euro 2016, Spain have bounced back in the last year and head to Russia looking a little more like the side who won three successive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012. Julen Lopetegui, who took over from Vicente…
Spain sacks Lopetegui a day before the start of the World Cup
The Spanish Football Association have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui before the World Cup begins on Thursday. Lopetegui was sacked for not informing the Spanish FA (RFEF) that he was replacing Zinedane Zidane at Real Madrid. Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui had signed a three year deal and will take over after the World…
Migrants on stranded rescue ship Aquarius to be taken to Spain
Hundreds of migrants stranded for days on an aid ship in the Mediterranean will be taken to Spain with the help of two Italian boats, their rescuers said Tuesday, as weather conditions deteriorate in the region.
Spain's ousted prime minister Rajoy says he plans to quit politics
Spain's Mariano Rajoy, who is to stand down as head of the conservative Popular Party after being ousted as prime minister last week, said Wednesday he plans to quit politics altogether.