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 By Ian Darke

Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil learn World Cup won't be easy

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

ST. PETERSBURG -- All those World Cup previews are proving -- not for the first time -- that predictions can make fools of us all. Who would have thought, for example, that Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina would play their first games and not muster a win between them?

First impressions can be misleading, of course. In 2010, Spain lost their opener against Switzerland but went on to lift the trophy; four years later, Italy started with a win against England but failed to get out of the group...

 By Reuters

Spain warned by Germany loss ahead of Iran clash

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The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.
Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal deep into second half stoppage time to give Iran a 1-0 win at St. Petersburg Stadium.
An exclusive 'interview' with Carlos Queiroz, Portugal quiz and more. The Exploding Heads get into the World Cup spirit with a preview of Group B.

Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.

The thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in Sochi eased concerns that Julen Lopetegui's sudden departure would derail Spain's campaign and reports coming out of the camp indicate an upbeat mood under his makeshift replacement Fernando Hierro.

On paper, Spain...

Spain's David De Gea set to remain starter despite fan vote of no confidence

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (44') Portugal 2-1 Spain
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and international records for the Portuguese superstar.
Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning 88th minute free kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 draw against Spain in the process.
Nacho scores his first ever goal for Spain, blasting a shot off the post and in to put them ahead of Portugal.

Spain coach Fernando Hierro has given David De Gea his full backing ahead of Wednesday's encounter with Iran, despite fans voting in favour of Kepa Arrizabalaga taking his place in the team.

De Gea came under scrutiny after his costly blunder against Portugal in their World Cup opener. The Manchester United star let Cristiano Ronaldo's shot go through his hands for Portugal's second in Friday's 3-3 draw.

"He has all of our confidence," Hierro said when asked about De Gea in Monday's news conference....

 By Sid Lowe

Spain had a week to forget but showed they remain a World Cup contender

The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning 88th minute free-kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 against Spain in the process.

Your manager has kept saying that all that matters, all there is, is the World Cup. Not clubs not, not contracts, none of that: just your country, your companions and the competition. And then, two days before that competition starts, he tells you he'll be leaving at the end of the tournament, that there's something beyond this. He's been talking to a club about a contract and all that. Barely a fortnight after he committed himself to the country, signing a new deal. Two minutes later, the news...

De Gea howler vs. Portugal cheered by United fans worried about Madrid interest

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (44') Portugal 2-1 Spain
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

David De Gea was guilty of a rare howler in Spain's 3-3 draw against Portugal in their opening World Cup game on Friday night.

Social media was awash with rival supporters laughing at the goalkeeper, the best in the world for his position, with some suggesting that United fans had become quiet. The reality is the opposite was true. While they love De Gea and want to see their players do well for their national teams, the goalkeeper's mistake gave United supporters reason to celebrate....