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Diego Costa gets luck of the bounce as Spain deny stubborn Iran

Amid the din, Iran’s footballers collapsed to the floor exhausted and someone decided to put Y Viva España on the PA system. Spain had lived, but dangerously. Iran had been defeated, but only just.Three times Carlos Queiroz’s team might have scored: th…

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Iran v Spain: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offThe long and friendly history between Hierro and QuierozEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.06pm BST Iran: Beiranvand; Ramil, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Haji Safi; Karim, Omid, Ezatolahi, Amiri; …

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Great Satan 1-2 Iran: the most politically charged match in World Cup history

Iran’s surprise start in Russia comes 20 years after a breakout win over the USA in a match fraught with political underpinningsThere was a small rubber ball, dusty streets and not much else. This was Jalal Talebi’s childhood growing up in Tehran in th…

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‘The fact we exist is huge’: Iran’s women plotting course to world stage

Twelve years ago Kat Khosrowyar arrived in Iran on holiday. Now she’s driving a revolution in women’s football thereTo say things have changed for women’s football in Iran since Katayoun Khosrowyar first arrived in the country more than 12 years ago wo…

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Fernando Hierro right man to unite Spain, says Iran’s Carlos Queiroz

Managers of Iran and Spain have a shared history but their mutual appreciation will be tested at the World Cup in KazanReal Madrid were supposed to be celebrating the league title the night the president called time on the manager and the captain. It w…

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Joy, despair and crunching tackles: the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the opening four days of the World Cup 2018• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal in added time hands Iran win against Morocco

Even when the World Cup is bad, you absolutely have to watch because something you will still be talking about for years could happen at any moment. Unfortunately for Aziz Bouhaddouz Morocco might be discussing his injury-time own-goal, that gave Iran …

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Morocco v Iran: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 4pm BST matchEgypt 0-1 Uruguay – Giménez header earns late winAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 2.57pm BST World Cup Football Daily: Our Football Weekly podcast has gone daily for the duration of…

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Indian chess champion quits competition in Iran over headscarf rule

Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian chess championship because of a rule requiring her to wear a headscarfAn Indian chess champion has withdrawn from an international competition in Iran, saying a rule requiring her to wear a headscarf woul…

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Fast friends: how World Cup squads have dealt with Ramadan

Fasting during daylight hours is obligatory during the Muslim festival, and the seven teams in Russia from largely Islamic nations have found various ways of tackling the issueAs World Cup 2018 begins in Russia, the Muslim festival of Ramadan is ending…

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Iran coach Queiroz demands apology as Nike refuse to supply World Cup boots

• ‘This arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous’• President Trump reimposed sanctions against Iran in MayThe Iran head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has demanded an apology from Nike after the US sportswear firm said it could not supply the …

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading…

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Iran World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Iran are more attacking than at the last World Cup and the unpredictable Carlos Queiroz has several in-form strikersThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from …

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Iran World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Iran are more attacking than at the last World Cup and the unpredictable Carlos Queiroz has several in-form strikersThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from …

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Alireza Beiranvand: from sleeping rough to the World Cup with Iran

Goalkeeper ran away from his nomad family and worked in a dress factory, a car wash and as a street cleaner before making itThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisatio…

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Alireza Beiranvand: from sleeping rough to the World Cup with Iran

Goalkeeper ran away from his nomad family and worked in a dress factory, a car wash and as a street cleaner before making itThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisatio…

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How Carlos Queiroz turned Iran into Asia’s best World Cup hope | John Duerden

The former Manchester United coach eased the Iranians through qualification but now want tangible success at the finals, something that has always eluded Team MelliThe only one of the dozen names on Fifa’s shortlist for 2017 men’s coach of the year not…

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Child’s tears spark weightlifting protest that raises bar for Iran’s sportswomen

Officials are finally allowing females to compete after the banning of two young girls caused global embarrassmentIf you are good at weightlifting in Iran, you can become as rich as a Premier League footballer. The country boasts 300 professional weigh…

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Iran furious as athletes miss out on Winter Olympics smartphones

Row after Iranian Olympians in South Korea were not given gift of latest Samsung handsetsIran has summoned South Korea’s envoy after its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were not included in a giveaway of Samsung smartphones, apparently beca…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …