Isco vows never to talk to Ronaldo again

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2018

Ronaldo stole the show early at the showpiece event in Russian Federation, scoring a hat-trick to lead his side to a 3-3 draw against Spain Friday .

Nearly 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.

Casillas has given De Gea his full backing though.

"David de Gea will be in the starting line-up", said Hierro.

Coach Carlos Queiroz said Iran will soak up the experience of facing World Cup contenders Spain on Wednesday but warned the Lions of Persia will produce their "best game ever" as they strive to cause the shock of the tournament.

"It's a privilege for us, Portugal, to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo".

It was one of the great World Cup performances from one of the greatest players of all time. "What we all want is for Spain to win", he concluded.

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".

"When we defend, which we will have to for many moments, we will fight collectively". "It wasn't the one that we expected though, but still we tried not to lose the game. In the end the football gods will decide", he said.

Spain have the only significant piece of team news entering the midweek meeting with Iran after it emerged Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal will likely be fit to feature in his first match of the World Cup. He could start in place of Nacho, who scored against Portugal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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