Late Own Goal for Morocco leaves advancement in doubt

The Atlas Lions could not convert a plethora of chances in their 1-0 defeat to Iran.

With two tough opponents in the shape of Spain and Portugal, both sides needed a win to stand any real chance of advancing to the knock-out rounds.

An open first-half saw Morocco dominate the opening proceedings, leaving Iran gasping for air after constant pressure.

A scramble in the box was a notable chance for Morocco spurned, and as the game evolved, Iran became more active going forward.

However, after the half-time period, the game became a very cagey affair that offered little to the neutral.

Hakim Ziyech’s drive from 20 yards stung the palms of Iranian ‘keeper Alireza Beiranvand, whose fine save denied the Moroccans a lead with 10 minutes to go.

Despite a healthy chunk of added time, Morocco’s attacks forward came to nothing. Found out on the break, Morocco gave away a cheap foul – the preceding free-kick should have been dealt with, but Bouhaddouz could only head past his own goalkeeper.

The defeat leaves Morocco unlikely to qualify, but how they didn’t pick up at least a point will be heartbreaking for Atlas Lions fans.

 

MOROCCO 0 (0)

IRAN 1 (0) Bouhaddouz (O.G) 90+5′

FULL TIME 90’+6 – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg – 15th June

 As it happened: Morocco v Iran

Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 1+ 3 Advance to knockout stage
2  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
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