Spain ensured qualification from Group B at Russia 2018 with a narrow win over Iran on Wednesday night.
Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game, netting a somewhat fortuitous rebound on 54 minutes in the face of a valiant defensive effort.
But VAR was to play a significant role again when an equaliser for the Iranians was disallowed for offside after some initial celebrations.
Another major talking point was Milad Mohammadi’s attempt at an acrobatic throw-in with not long left to play, which the Iran defender chose to abort at the last moment.
These were the best of the tweets and jokes from Iran 0-1 Spain:
Spain has had 127% possession at the end of the first half. #IRAESP
— Indranil Das Blah (@indranildasblah) June 20, 2018
#IRAESP I'll sum it up for you: iran building the wall trump wishes he could build, spain getting extremely frustrated because they can't do anything against 10 defenders , and de gea having dinner with the fans then taking a nap.
— Alex (@alex8oa) June 20, 2018
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 20, 2018
— i_keyz (@Iyke_9th) June 20, 2018
I wonder if Iran has a booming film industry cuz all these players are actors. #IRAESP
— Cynthia Adarkwa (@cynteeeahh) June 20, 2018
— Shahan (@Shahan919) June 20, 2018
— Goal (@goal) June 20, 2018
I LOVE/HATE VAR (please remove accordingly dependent on result) #IRAESP
— Tom Rawle (@trawle91) June 20, 2018
— ‘Debola (@iamDe_bola) June 20, 2018
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) June 20, 2018
That’s so unlucky. Iran couldn’t have Khomeini closer to scoring #IRNSPA
— Neal Underwood (@neal_sousbois) June 20, 2018
"Diego Costa looks like he came straight out of the Flinstones."#IRAESP
— Airton (@BruhDawg) June 20, 2018
— Sascha (@saschawh) June 20, 2018
— WILLY NICHOLLS (@NichollsNick) June 20, 2018
— Matt Shovlar (@MattS_14) June 20, 2018
— Football Burp ⚽ (@FootballBurp) June 20, 2018
— Ali Hatake 🇬🇲 (@Alicham_21) June 20, 2018
Wow! I've just found out if you turn the sound down on #IRNSPA your headache goes away.
— Jill (@Scotwriter) June 20, 2018
— IRN-BRU (@irnbru) June 20, 2018
— Evert Kwok (@evertkwok) June 20, 2018