Watch heartbreaking own-goal cost Morocco in 1-0 loss to Iran

Paola Ditto
Giugno 17, 2018

Morocco striker Aziz Bouhaddouz became an unlikely favorite in Iran, scoring the injury-time own-goal that settled a tight and tense game.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose", said Iranian football player Reza Ghoochannejhad on social media.

Morocco's midfielder Amine Harit (L) and Morocco's midfielder Hakim Ziyech take part in a training session at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 14, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football game Iran vs Morocco.

Iran and Morocco are in Group B alongside Spain and Portugal.

The defender had to pay a big price for his self goal against the U.S. in the 1994 World Cup.

They didn't even have a shot in the second half as they looked to consolidate and contain their opponents but Team Melli now find themselves top of Group B before heavyweights Portugal and Spain lock horns later on. Ronaldo saved his best for last as he scored a thundering free kick at the death to end Spain's 20-game winning streak.

"It was not a miracle that we won", Queiroz said.

That contrasted with the one of the main squares in Tehran, where a billboard portrays fans celebrating and holding aloft the World Cup, accompanied by the slogan "One nation, one heartbeat". I think it's my duty to say, "let our boys play football". They're not against anybody'.

Morocco's World Cup dreams may already be over, barring an unexpected result.

It was only Iran's second World Cup victory in the country's history and means Queiroz's side head into their clash against La Roja on Thursday morning (Singapore time) with momentum and hope.

"We come here without World Cup preparations because a couple of teams didn't want to play against us", Portuguese Queiroz told a news conference.

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