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Iran vs Spain (Live updates)

An Iranian fan ready to support his team

Spain defender Dani Carvajal has been recalled for Wednesday’s World Cup match against Iran, replacing Nacho from the starting side that drew with Portugal, after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fernando Hierro has also included forward Lucas Vazquez, with Koke making way as Spain’s new coach seeks more dynamism to unlock a cagey Iran defence at Kazan Arena.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz dropped captain Masoud Shojaei to the substitutes in a mild surprise, with the suspended Saeid Ezatolahi recalled and Ehsan Hajsafi to wear the captain’s arm-band.

Defender Majid Hosseini replaces the injured centre back Rouzbeh Cheshmi as Iran seek a second successive win after their 1-0 victory over Morocco.


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