Spain managed a hard fought 1-0 win over Iran in the group stages, thanks to a fortuitous Diego Costa goal.
After the game, Costa was asked about his playing style, which was not taken well by the Spanish marksman.
It is not the first time Costa has been involved in such situations. He was known for his rough and tumble approach at Chelsea, where he helped the team to two Premier League titles in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
"I don't know what match you've seen," Costa said in response to the Iranian journalist.
"In the first half they were provoking us all the time.
"You have to come and see the match as it is, not because it's your country, and you come to ask a silly question."