For the second time on Friday, a last-minute goal has transformed the state of a group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia�, and cut down a North African side. While it was Uruguay in the earlier encounter, a heartbreaking own goal sunk Morocco in IR Iran's favour for a 1-0 win.
Morocco flew out of the traps in Saint Petersburg, carving out some sensational chances, but Iran easily could have gone in ahead at the break. By contrast, the second-half hardly had a opening worthy of note, until deep in stoppage time when Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net.
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Amine Harit - Lively, creative and a handful that Iran rarely got under control, the Schalke winger was pivotal in the first half and his efforts deserved to have seen Morocco at least on the scoresheet at the break.
2 - This result brings about 1998 deja vu for both sides. While Iran are enjoying their second ever win at a World Cup, having beaten USA in France, Morocco last conceded an own goal in that tournament as well. That one, from Youssef Chippo, came in their opener too, a 2-2 draw with Norway.
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Source: Confederation Africaine de Football