Bouhaddouz own goal hands Iran late victory over Morocco

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Iranian Players celebrate as Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz lies on the pitch after scoring an own goal during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. On the eve of Friday's match, the 25-year-old was even urged by Morocco coach Herve Renard to make a dream move come true. We have addressed this concern to Federation Internationale de Football Association and the minimum Nike should do is to apologise to them (Iran's players).

Queiroz said Thursday his team was "highly adventurous at the present time" and "a lot of young players with a high number of qualities, especially in the midfield and in attacking positions", but didn't discount adopting a defensive formation when needed, presumably against Spain and Portugal.

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

Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

Iran's victory over Morocco has given the country real hope of reaching the knockout rounds of a World Cup for the first time in decades.

Iran's players celebrated with a double lap of honour after a 95th-minute own-goal handed them only their second ever World Cup win.

"Since we were able to create panic in their defensive line the game changed", he said. "For us and Morocco, it is a must-win game".

Every World Cup season, the spotlight is on the star-studded teams, and Iran is rarely among them.

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring a very sad Salah, the high-powered hosts are heading to the last 16 and English pundits are up for a scrap. Spain, who claimed three goals against the Portuguese team, will be Morocco's final opponent in the first round, on June 25. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in you career.

"No matter what happens on the pitch, I want my players to. leave the pitch bringing home pride and happiness", he said.

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