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FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran beat Morocco with 95th-minute own goal

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed an own goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Iran a stunning 1-0 victory over Morocco in their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter on Friday.

football Updated: Jun 15, 2018 22:49 IST
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Iran's Mehdi Taremi, Majid Hosseini and Sardar Azmoun celebrate their first goal against Morocco in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)

Aziz Bouhaddouz scored a calamitous own goal deep into second-half stoppage time as Morocco slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Iran in their first World Cup match for 20 years.

The late drama sparked wild celebrations from the Iran bench in St Petersburg as Carlos Queiroz’s side took three points from a game in which they were second best for long periods.

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Herve Renard’s well-organised team extended Morocco’s record of never having won their opening game in the tournament despite dominating the match and carving out opportunities to score either side of half-time.

Iran’s counter-attacking strategy had failed to bear fruit with Karim Ansarifard and Sardar Azmoun squandering great chances until their wastefulness was rendered irrelevant by Bouhaddouz’s late error.

The Morocco striker, on as a substitute in the 77th minute, put Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick through his own net with a diving header in the 95th minute of the game, leaving no time for a comeback.

While Iran celebrated, Morocco faced up to the daunting reality of going into their remaining Group B games against Spain and Portugal with no points on the board.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 22:48 IST