Morocco 0-1 Iran

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Iranian football fans have every reason to thank their stars as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time to hand Iran their first win in a World Cup match in 20 years.

Bouhaddouz mistakenly deposited the ball inside his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute (5 minutes into the injury time) as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.

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The result was harsh on the African side, who wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied several scoring chances including a late attempt that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand saved from Hakim Ziyech.

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Morocco started as the stronger side, but the best chance the side could muster for all their dominance was a goal-mouth scramble when Younes Belhanda saw a shot blocked before Medhi Benatia’s follow-up was kept out by goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

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Iran grew in confidence toward the end of the half and should have been in front when Vahid Amiri sent Sardar Azmoun through for a goal, but the striker got the ball stuck in his feet and by the time he got a shot off, goalkeeper Munir had come off his line to make the save.

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The Asian side at the end sealed the victory to make it their second win in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.

Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 0-1 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.

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Both goals against Egypt and Morocco came from almost the same point and time.

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