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World Cup 2018: Iran Off To A Winning Start, Beat Morocco 1-0

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Iran beat Morocco 1-0 to register their first World Cup match victory since 1998.

The winning goal which came at  90′ + 4 minutes! time and was a gift by Morocco. Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz put in an unstoppable header in the near post in his attempt to clear the ball.

They met each other only once previously, a tie which ended in a draw. The last time Morocco appeared in a World Cup was two decades ago in 1998, hosted by France. They entered the tournament under the tutelage of Herve Renard and will aim for a turnaround in their sixth appearance. This is the fifth time that Iran will play at a World Cup. Their first World Cup was in 1978 where they faced a first round exit. Their last three appearances were in 1998, 2006 and 2014 editions.


Match statics:

Possession

MOROCCO – 64,    IRAN – 36


Line-ups:

Morocco

  • 12 Mohamedi
  • 2 Hakimi
  • 5 Benatia
  • 6 Saiss
  • 14 Boussoufa
  • 7 Ziyech
  • 8 El Ahmadi 
  • 18 Harit
  • 16 Amrabat
  • 9 El Kaabi
  • 10 Belhanda

Substitutes

  • 1 Bounou
  • 3 Mendyl
  • 4 da Costa (s 82′)
  • 11 Fajr
  • 13 Boutaib
  • 15 Ait Bennasser
  • 17 Dirar
  • 19 En-Nesyri
  • 20 Bouhaddouz (s 77′)
  • 21 Amrabat (s 76′)
  • 23 Carcela-Gonzalez
  • 22 Tagnaouti

Iran

  • 1 Beiranvand
  • 23 Rezaeian
  • 4 Cheshmi
  • 8 Pouraliganji
  • 10 Ansarifard 
  • 9 Ebrahimi
  • 3 Hajsafi
  • 7 Shojaei 
  • 18 Jahanbakhsh 
  • 20 Azmoun
  • 11 Amiri

Substitutes

  • 12 Mazaheri
  • 2 Torabi
  • 5 Mohammadi
  • 13 Khanzadeh
  • 14 Ghoddos (s 84′)
  • 15 Montazeri (s 79′)
  • 16Ghoochannejhad
  • 17 Taremi (s 67′)
  • 19 Hosseini
  • 21 Dejagah
  • 22 Abedzadeh

 

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