Iran thanks to an own goal beat Morocco

Iran thanks to an own goal beat Morocco

Iran thanks to an own goal beat Morocco

Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good.

Aziz Bouhaddouz scored a calamitous own goal deep into second-half stoppage time as Morocco slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Iran in their first World Cup match for 20 years.

Bouhaddouz's late own goal sparked huge joy among Iran's players and staff, who wildly celebrated just their second ever win at a World Cup.

Former Deportivo La Coruna and Aston Villa midfielder Hadji is assistant to head coach Herve Renard and helped Morocco to top their qualifying group ahead of the likes of Ivory Coast.

Meanwhile, Iran has its second win in World Cup history, and first since beating the United States in 1998.

However, it added that stadium officials were working to get permits for Iran's remaining group stage matches against Spain and Portugal.

They hugged and danced, savoring the best moment of their careers.

Wasteful finishing looked to have consigned this compelling contest at the Saint Petersburg Stadium to a goalless draw but Bouhaddouz's mistake in injury-time means Iran emerge as the early challengers to Spain and Portugal in Group B. To start with, Benatia will be hoping to start with a win over Iran and kickstart Morocco's campaign in Russian Federation.

"Our strategy was, from the first minute, to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players, we try to do that by creating frustration and block all the playmakers and the players who can create something". After the second, wide on the left, Ehsan Haji Safi whipped over a cross between the goalkeeper and the retreating defenders.

Iran are set to be without the suspended Saeid Ezatolahi, while Mehdi Taremi and Askhan Dejagah are both doubtful with knocks.

He said: "We must already focus on Iran".

"We don't have camps, we have problems".

In the extra time, an own goal sealed their faith for the match as they started the tournament with a 1-0 loss.

"After so many years in this business, the first game of a World Cup is always hard and tough and this was no different - but it was also handsome", Iran coach Queiroz said of the country's second-ever World Cup win.

As for the Moroccans, they can not afford another slip-up against Portugal in Moscow on the same day.

Either way, Queiroz will take this game by caution and lineup his Iranian side primarily to see if they can find a way past this Morocco defence. They will be relishing the idea of playing their first game against Iran, a game where they know momentum could be built for the rest of the group stages.

Both nations impressed in qualifying with Morocco only conceding one goal in their eight games, while Iran only let in five goals in their 18 qualifying matches.

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