Iran vs Spain
Venue: Kazan Arena
Kick off: 7:00pm
David de Gea will be under the spotlight when Spain face Iran in their second World Cup Group B match this evening.
The Manchester United goalkeeper made an error against Portugal to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score his second goal in a 3-3 draw on Friday.
He was also at fault when he gifted Switzerland a late equaliser in a friendly earlier this month.
Almost 50 per cent of 40,000 fans voting in a poll on Spanish newspaper AS said they wanted Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to start against Iran.
However, Spain head coach Fernando Hierro has no doubts over De Gea’s position.
“David de Gea will be in the starting line-up,” said Hierro. “We have full trust in him.”
Iran top Group B after beating Morocco 1-0 in their World Cup opener and head coach Carlos Queiroz said his side are in a “win-win situation”.
“For us, it’s a privilege and an honour to be here. It’s a unique opportunity for us to play against Spain, one of the candidates to win the World Cup,” said the former Manchester United assistant.
Spain have been put through their paces ahead of the game against Iran in Kazan m and the camp was in typically relaxed mood
“We’re in a win-win situation because it’s a unique opportunity for our national team to learn more about the game and to grow as players.”
Queiroz added: “I have to say, if there was a magic potion to stop Spain that we could buy for a million dollars we would buy it. What we can do is keep our determination and our capacity to endure suffering.
“When we defend, which we will have to for many moments, we will fight collectively. What we cannot do is to defend and then surrender, that would be dishonest.
“When we have the ball, we must try to win. What happens then is up to the football gods.”