Friday, 15 June 2018

Morocco 0-1 Iran: Aziz Bouhaddouz nets unfortunate own goal



Iran won their first World Cup match since 1998 as Aziz Bouhaddouz's 95th-minute own goal sunk  in Friday's Group B opener in St Petersburg.

 
After creating little and enjoying just 32 per cent possession, Iran got their lucky break with almost the last kick when Bouhaddouz put an unstoppable near-post header past his own goalkeeper when attempting to defend a free-kick.


Morocco, who looked dangerous in parts but were toothless in attack, will be wondering how they lost a game they controlled for large periods.
 
 
Iran did not muster a single attempt in the second half and were the first team since 1966 to score in a half of World Cup football without attempting a shot on goal.
Morocco played the first 20 minutes as if their lives depended on them scoring and, while their play was vibrant, the final ball was lacking.





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