World Cup 2018: Iran defeat Morocco 1-0 in Group B opener

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's players celebrate after winning the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018. (AFP)

Iran’s football team has beaten African side Morocco 1-0 in the Group B opener of world cup 2018 in St. Petersburg, thanks to an own goal in added time.

Iran's defender Ramin Rezaian and Iran's defender Milad Mohammadi celebrate after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran on June 15, 2018. (AFP)

The game was heading for a goalless draw when substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stunned the crowd by putting the ball into his team’s own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute to give Iran 3 points.

The result was absolutely heartbreaking for Morocco who has made their first appearance in the World Cup after 20 years.

Iran's players throw Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz in the air as they celebrate after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018. 
(AFP)

Meanwhile, this was Iran's first World Cup match win since 1998 after a 2-1 win over the United States in France. The team will now go on to face Spain in their second match on Wednesday, 20th of June.


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