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Last gasp Iran deny Morocco

  • Published at 05:04 pm June 15th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:09 pm June 15th, 2018
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Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz puts through his own net during their World Cup match against Iran in St Petersburg Friday Reuters

Iran were gifted a late 1-0 victory over Morocco in their opening World Cup match Friday when Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net five minutes into injury time.

The Group match B in Saint Petersburg had been heading for a goalless draw until Bouhaddouz's unfortunate intervention as he tried to clear Ehsan Haji Safi's cross but only directed it past his own goalkeeper.

Earlier, Iran's famed defence again proved unbreachable for the first half.

The two outsiders in a group also containing Spain and Portugal were relatively cautious in a game neither can afford to lose, though after Morocco fashioned a handful of half-chances they needed a good save to deny Sardar Azmoun just before the interval. 

RESULT

Morocco 0 Iran 1 (Bouhaddouz 90+5-og)

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