Uruguay And Iran Win It Late

Black Stars of Ghana celebrating a World Cup goal at South Africa 2010

Black Stars of Ghana celebrating a World Cup goal at South Africa 2010

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. "I want to apologize to the team, the fans and the 35 million people in Morocco", the Nador-native who now plays for Germany's FC Sankt Pauli told L'Equipe. Iran become the first Asian team since Japan in 2010 to win a World Cup game.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco have fallen to an injury-time defeat to Iran in Africa's second match at the ongoing Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Ahead of the World Cup, Nike said it would not be providing soccer shoes to Iran for the World Cup because of American sanctions now in place against the country.

They each made substitutions as the game drifted past the hour and the closest it had come to a victor was when a fizzing Ziyach drive had to be tipped around the post by Ali Beiranvand. It was lifted again during the second half.

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A highlight came on the 79th minute, when Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyach received the ball from Younes Belhanda and hit a stinging effort.

"We also got chances to score a goal and fortunately in the last minutes of added time they scored an own goal".

Morocco, who sit bottom of Group B after the first round of games, return to action on June 20 when they take on Portugal. We will concentrate for the next match, everybody knows that Spain is one of the greatest teams in the history of football and what we can guarantee is that we're going to make it hard for them, "the Persepolis goalie said".

Iran captain Masoud Shojaei, who is playing in his third World Cup, has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban, as has former Bayern Munich midfield Ali Karimi - who played 127 matches for Iran and was formerly assistant to Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.

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The goal came so late that even the Portuguese seemed to have considered accepting a draw.

In a group that they are both seen as the outsiders, Morocco and Iran knew they both needed something from Friday's group opener and it was already looking like the spoils would be shared before the unexpected happened.

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