Own goal helps Iran to late win over Morocco

Morocco vs Iran LIVE: World Cup updates from Group B tie in St Petersburg | Daily Star

Morocco vs Iran LIVE: World Cup updates from Group B tie in St Petersburg | Daily Star

Despite being banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association ahead of the World Cup in Brazil four years ago, it appears as though the plastic horn was granted a reprieve ahead of Russia 2018, its droning hum providing the soundtrack to Friday's Group B opener between Morocco and Iran - and the reaction online has been predictably negative.

Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz scores an own goal in stoppage time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory in St Petersburg.

Iran defeated Morocco 1-0 in a Group B match on Friday evening, earning their second ever win in World Cup history, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Iran will be without the suspended Saeid Ezatolahi, while there are fitness doubts surrounding Mehdi Taremi and Askhan Dejagah.

At the end of the game, they led in possession, shot on and off targets.

They open their World Cup campaign against Iran on Friday at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and Hadji has maintained that the team are only thinking about their opening game and not the tough tests that will follow later in the group.

"Our plan from the first minute was to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players", Queiroz said, "creating frustration and blocking all the playmakers who can create something". Morocco captain Medhi Benatia grabbed the rebound and fired a left-footed shot but the Iranian defence was alert in keeping the danger away.

Play almost ground to a halt in the final 15 minutes amid extended stoppages for injuries to Morocco's Amrabat and Omid Ebrahimi and Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Iran, and the match seemed headed to a draw until Bouhhadouz's miscue.

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Iran's winning goal came through Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz, who put the ball into his own net with a 95th-minute diving header at the near post for a heartbreaking defeat for the North Africans.

These are three things we learnt from the game.

Queiroz is likely to name a similar team to the one that lost to Turkey in Iran's final warm-up match.

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.

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Morocco have qualified for their fifth World Cup, their first since 1998. Made famous as the first African team to reach the knockout stages in 1986, they beat Portugal to secure progress on that occasion, so they'll be hoping it's a good omen to be paired with them again.

Iran have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last 12-games at the World Cup. Then, in the second half, the banner moved up the field near the other goal.

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