World Cup 2018: Pique-Isco save little bird, win hearts on social media

first_imgAs Spain huffed and puffed to 1-0 victory over Iran credit a fortuitous second half goal by Diego Costa, it was a pitch intruder in the first half that stole the show.A small bird had found itself in the middle of the pitch, Gerard Pique saved the little creature from meeting a nasty end from someone’s boot.After being saved by Pique, who was playing his 100th international, the small confused bird found itself again on the pitch and this time Isco came to its rescue.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Spanish stars became heroes for the internet as they graciously escorted the bird off to the relative safety of the touchline.Pique & Isco saving little birds is officially the cutest thing that ever happened on a football field (@woodyinha9) June 21, 2018So Pique just picked up a bird today before the match… Nbd (@Champeyon) June 21, 2018Gerard Pique helps a little bird#_ (@essam3rab_UA07) June 20, 2018Piqué lifting that little bird off the ground and letting it fly away… as if he wasnt perfect enough #WorldCup18 #spainvsiran (@SMcNallyMusic1) June 20, 2018As for the match itself, Costa claimed his third goal of the tournament in the 54th minute at Kazan Arena but the striker hardly knew about it, the ball deflecting off his knee from an attempted clearance by hapless Iran defender Ramin Rezaeian.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisementThe result put Spain joint top of Group B with Iberian rivals Portugal on four points ahead of their last match against the already eliminated Morocco.Spain’s Costa furious with Iran’s play-acting and time-wasting tacticsIran remain on three points and can reach the knockout rounds for the first time with victory over Portugal.After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzelas blown by a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with the points and content that they played the better football against Carlos Queiroz’s stingy side.”We were not lying yesterday when we said in the press conference Iran is a tough team,” said Spain coach Fernando Hierro, who replaced the sacked Julen Lopetegui only two days before their opening match against Portugal.”It is very hard to score against them… We are very happy with three points.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more