Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Morocco own goal hands Iran shock win

Morocco own goal hands Iran shock win

That awful mistake, to the astonishment of more than 62,500 audiences in Saint Petersburg Stadium, put a seal on the first match in Group B, as well as Morocco's unbeaten record of 18 games. Medhi Benatia & Co. will be up for a task against Iran.

Queiroz is likely to name a similar team to the one that lost to Turkey in Iran's final warm-up match. Queiroz would want his side to display the same confidence against Morocco, but he knows it would be a hard task, and dreaming about a place in the next round right now would be too much to ask for.

But, despite Morocco having 68% of possession and 13 shots, Iran picked up the victory. Keep Azmoun quiet, and they keep Iran quiet.

"I learned a lesson in my life that superman is only in cartoons".

The Iranians, whose only World Cup win previously was against the United States in 1998, celebrated as if they had won the tournament but they now have a chance to reach the last 16.

Apparently he once went to Amsterdam to persuade one of his players, who was having second thoughts about turning his back on worldwide football, to carry on playing for the national team.

Morocco are appearing in their first World Cup finals since 1998.

"We are in this World Cup under the umbrella of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the main value of Federation Internationale de Football Association it is to put politics apart, but this is not what is going on", he said.

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During qualifying they were unbeaten in 10 qualifiers and did not concede a goal in the first nine games. The Juventus centre-back will be looking to be at his best for his country and marshalling the defence he so expertly did during Morocco's qualifying campaign.

It was heartbreaking for Morocco, making their first finals appearance for 20 years. Morocco started well but then faded.

However, barring unlikely wins against either Portugal or Spain, they are now facing an early exit after failing to take their chances. But sometimes you have to take one for the team.

"We made mistakes in the build-up to the goal against a team that was on the back foot for most of the match and that's one of the factors that led to this crucifixion", he said.

The climax of the match came in the fifth minute of stoppage time after filing with a penalty kick from substitute striker Morocco, Bouhaddouz while trying to dislodge the ball deflected the ball into the near corner of the goal.

The Netherlands may have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but they will not be without representation.

Iran: Omid Ebrahimi did a crucial job as a marauding shield in the midfield, protecting what was already the strongest global defence in Asia.

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