Morocco 0-1 Iran: Late Own Goal Hurts Atlas Lion

by Steven Clarke June 18, 2018, 4:14
Morocco 0-1 Iran: Late Own Goal Hurts Atlas Lion

Iran settled down and had a good run of play around the 20 minute mark, and had a few chances of their own ... until Morocco got their second wind, and it was on.

Greece and Kosovo cancelled scheduled friendlies in Istanbul during Iran's pre-tournament preparations and Queiroz had criticised Nike's decision to stop supplying boots just before the tournament started.

"It has been a source of inspiration for us", Queiroz told Sky Sports. "Superman is only in the cartoons".

Captain Sergio Ramos and Hierro put on a united front on Thursday as they contemplated the opening Group B meeting against their neighbours and arch-rivals following two days of chaotic upheaval. "But our attitude is try to make the impossible possible".

When Bouhaddouz nodded in at the near post, Iran's substitutes could not resist rushing onto the field and when the final whistle blew moments later they were sprinting over again in delight.

The team's star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh went further in his criticism of the American brand, saying: "To be honest we didn't care actually".

You don't have to involve this kind of thing with this game. I think it's my duty to say, "let our boys play football".

Iran fought back to give themselves a good shot at victory, and looked much the better side after the first half hour, but the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russian Federation as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week's extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui.

The match was intriguing from kickoff, as it pitted a very hard Iran defence which were very rarely beaten in qualifying against a Morocco team who had flair and attacking intent on their side.

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