Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup


While Morocco leak their wounds, it is all celebration for Iran who are recording their first FIFA World Cup win in 20 years.

Iranian state television on June 15 showed fans singing and dancing, lighting firecrackers, and honking auto horns on the streets of the capital, Tehran, after the team's 1-0 victory in St. Petersburg. The game witnessed some exciting end-to-end action as both teams attacked with vigour but in the end, it was decided by an own goal by Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz in second-half stoppage time as he headed a cross into the back of his own net.

"This was not a miracle".

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Here are some of the things we learned from Iran's narrow win.

"Our strategy was, from the first minute, to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players, we try to do that by creating frustration and block all the playmakers and the players who can create something". "But it's going to be a nice opportunity for the players to show their quality against big players, that's a great opportunity for us".

"A banner reading "#NoBan4Women" and "Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums" was unfurled by these Iranian fans during their country's opening match.

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At one point, the banner was taken down after three stadium staffers approached those holding it aloft.

The ban has often been defied by female football fans donning beards and wigs to sneak into stadiums in Iran.

"After so many years in this business, the first game of a World Cup is always hard and tough and this was no different - but it was also lovely", Iran coach Queiroz said of the country's second-ever World Cup win.

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"As a matter of respect we concede and we admit that the favourites are Morocco, Spain and Portugal due to the history, World Cup preparation, experience, maturity, and players playing in the best teams in Europe", Queiroz added.

Morocco started quickly again as play restarted, but Iran regained control of the match through forceful means, racking up a yellow card just two minutes into the half.