World Cup star's remarkable throw-in attempt

Iran’s Milad Mohammadi has left World Cup viewers in stitches after a ridiculous throw-in fail during the World Cup match against Spain.

The Iranian substitute attempted something special in the dying stages of the 1-0 loss but it failed spectacularly – leaving commentators and fans completely gobsmacked.

Kissing the ball and tapping it against his head, Mohammadi then proceeded to try and pull off a somersault throw-in towards Spain’s goal box.

What on earth was Iran’s Mohammadi thinking? Pic: Optus Sport

The only problem was, the bizarre tactic backfired as Mohammadi stuffed up the execution and failed to actually throw it in.

Unsurprisingly, the comical incident quickly started trending on social media.

A fortuitous Diego Costa goal helped Spain overcome a dogged Iran to secure a 1-0 win in their World Cup Group B clash in Kazan.

Carlos Queiroz’s side produced a defensive masterclass to reduce Spain to nothing more than half-chances during a hugely frustrating opening 53 minutes for the 2010 champions.

Costa – who scored twice in Friday’s pulsating 3-3 draw with Portugal – eventually found the breakthrough, though, when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance cannoned off his leg and into the bottom-left corner.

Costa’s goal proved the difference between the sides. Pic: Getty

Iran had the ball in the back of the net just eight minutes later courtesy of Saeid Ezatolahi, but their wild celebrations were cut short after referee Andres Cunha was advised by VAR that Rezaeian’s vital intervention had been made from an offside position.

Iran’s approach was far more positive following Costa’s strike, Mehdi Taremi heading just over from close range in what was their clearest opportunity to find an unlikely leveller.

The win moves Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B and they know a draw against Morocco on Monday will be enough to secure qualification for the knockout stages. Iran, meanwhile, face Portugal on the same day needing a win to progress at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

With Omnisport