Late Morocco own goal hands Iran famous World Cup win

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

These are three things we learnt from the game.

Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz is consoled by teammates after he scored an own goal against Iran at the World Cup.

Morocco and Iran have never met at the World Cup.

It was Iran's second win in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia's first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Iran left back Ehsan Hajsafi whipped in a free kick five minutes into added time and Bouhaddouz launched himself at the ball, flashing a header past his own keeper Munir Mohamedi.

Bouhaddouz reacted as anyone would, burying his face.

It gave Queiroz good reason for positioning his team as outsiders but they now head into the match against Spain on Wednesday both with a winning feeling and hope.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. The other two teams in the group are Portugal and Spain, and as a result, it is critical for both sides in this game to take the three points to have any chances of qualifying for the last 16. Former Bayern Munich centreback Mehdi Benatia caused trouble in the 19th minute from a Morocco corner, but the Iranian defence managed to keep the ball out.

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That terrible 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.

They only conceded one goal in eight games in qualifying - in a second-round win over Equatorial Guinea.

Iran: Omid Ebrahimi did a crucial job as a marauding shield in the midfield, protecting what was already the strongest worldwide defence in Asia. To start with, Benatia will be hoping to start with a win over Iran and kickstart Morocco's campaign in Russian Federation.

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They went close midway through the first half in a goalmouth scramble, which led to a brief VAR check for handball, but then Iran countered smartly. "It read "#NoBan4Women" and "Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums.

Iran have qualified for consecutive World Cups for the first time in their history.

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

Forsaking the half-time analysis of pundits Ryan Giggs, Eni Aluko and Slaven Bilic, I settled down once again for the second half.

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