The Iranian rally faltered when Silva found Costa in the area, and Rezaeian was desperately unlucky that his challenge ended pinging off the striker’s knee and into the net.
Queiroz’s side pushed hard for the equalizer and thought they had it when the recalled Saeid Ezatolahi struck from close range in the 63rd minute, latching onto a ball headed down.
But he was ruled off-side by the VAR, prompting howls of derision from white-clad Iranian fans.
Another chance came and went some 20 minutes later, when Vahid Amiri brilliantly nutmegged Gerard Pique and sent in a cross from the left to find Taremi in the box.
Taremi’s header sailed over harmlessly, however, leaving Spain to complete one of their tougher World Cup wins.Published: 2018-06-21 07:18:16