Russian Federation 2018: Iran Snatch Late Winner Vs Dominant Morocco

Sherman Parsons
June 21, 2018

Friday featured three thrilling matches at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, the second of which took place between Iran and Morocco.

Hakim Ziyech had the flawless chance to give Morocco an early lead against Iran in their opening World Cup match on Friday when the ball rolled to him near the penalty spot.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, once of Real Madrid and Manchester United, insisted the chaos that has engulfed Spain this week offered no boost to these teams' chances, but this victory certainly cranks the pressure up a notch.

There were many injury-related stoppages during the second half and that played a part in taking away the flow of the game.

That chance seemed to give Iran belief they could get a result at the Krestovsky Stadium, something that came to pass as substitute Bouhaddouz sent a bullet header past his own goalkeeper in the dying embers of the game.

A billboard in Iran which supported the nation's World Cup team has been replaced after it was criticised for not featuring any women.

After Iran opened the World Cup with a 1-0 win against Morocco yesterday, players called out Nike for cutting off the team's cleat supply.

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However, they have never progressed beyond the group stages, managing only a lone win, against bitter rivals U.S. in 1998. Morocco impressed in qualification and only conceded one goal as they made it to the tournament in Russian Federation .

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Iran will be playing for their third world cup, In 2014 they did well to draw against Nigeria and unsettle Argentina but ended up being one of the weakest teams in the tournament.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose", said Iranian football player Reza Ghoochannejhad on social media.

Placed in Group B, Morocco's next game will be against Portugal on June 20.

"We must take it match by match".

Rosas, who was 18, remains the youngest to score a self goal in World Cup finals.

At the last World Cup, Asia's quartet of representatives failed to deliver a single victory and combined to earn just three points in the group stage.

The 49-year-old also denied that Spain losing coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament had made it easier for the other teams in the group.

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