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As it happened: World Cup: Morocco v Iran (Group B)


IRAN 1 (0) Bouhaddouz (O.G) 90+5′

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

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Morocco: Mohamedi, Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss, Boussoufa, Ziyech, El Ahmadi, Harit, Nordin Amrabat (Sofyan Amrabat 76′), El Kaabi (Bouhaddouz 77′) , Belhanda.

Subs: Bounou, Mendyl, da Costa, Fajr, Boutaib, Ait Bennasser, Dirar, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, Sofyan Amrabat, Carcela-Gonzalez, Tagnaouti.

Iran: Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Ansarifard, Ebrahimi (Montazeri 79′), Hajsafi, Shojaei, Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun, Amiri.

Subs: Mazaheri, Torabi, Mohammadi, Khanzadeh, Ghoddos, Montazeri, Ghoochannejhad, Taremi, Hosseini, Dejagah, Abedzadeh.



1 Minute: Morocco get us underway.

2 Minutes: Harit swings at the ball from range, but he flings the shot wide.

3 Minutes: Ziyech is in space from a corner, but he takes a swing and a miss. However, ti is another corner for the Atlas Lions.

4 Minutes: Morocco in charge here – Belhanda heads an awkward cross narrowly over the post.

9 Minutes: El Kaabi can’t get a clean connection with his shot, again sending the ball wide. Iran on the backfoot.

10 Minutes: Shojaei picks up the first booking of the game for a cynical tackle on the half-way mark.

14 Minutes: The Atlas Lions are throwing some testing runs forwards but are yet to really test the Iranian keeper.

19 Minutes: How are Morocco not in front? A scramble in the box sees limbs flying but no goal – out for another corner.

20 Minutes: Iran finally get themselves forward, but the counter peters out with a poor cross into the box. Game opening up now.

25 Minutes: Iran now enjoying a healthy spell going forward; but both defences are adept at dealing with attacks. Remains 0-0.

26 Minutes: Bodies behind the ball for Iran sees them chucking themselves at any shots made – and it is working. Morocco have two half-chances blocked.

30 Minutes: Harit drifts inside the box, opening his body up to try and curl a shot past the keeper – only to send it into Beiranvand’s hands.

34 Minutes: El Ahmadi picks up Morocco’s first booking at the World Cup for cynically ending an Iranian counter attack.

39 Minutes: A driven cross from Ziyech is inches away from El Kaabi’s forehead – any contact surely would have sent it into the back of net.

43 Minutes: WHAT A DOUBLE SAVE! Monir denies Azmoun one-on-one, before springing back up and getting a much-needed hand to the second shot.

45+2 Minutes: HALF-TIME –  both sides threatening, but we’re still yet to see a goal. 0-0 at the break.


46 Minutes: Iran get us back underway.

49 Minutes: Another chance for Morocco – Harit hacks wildly at the ball, sending it way wayward.

63 Minutes: Rather a drab second half so far – attacks are drying up quickly for both teams.

76 Minutes: It appears Amrabat will take no further part – a heavy knock means he is concussed. His brother will take his place.

77 Minutes: El Kaabi is replaced by Bouhaddouz.

80 Minutes: Finally, a proper chance! Ziyech tries his luck, but draws a fantastic save from Beiranvand. Ten to go.

90 Minutes: 6 minutes of added time. Morocco have a little bit longer to find a winner, but it looks like this is going to be a nil-nil draw.

90+5 Minutes: Another late heartbreak for an African team! Yet again, a free-kick from outwide is turned in by Moroccan substitute Bouhaddouz, whose defensive header has beaten his own goalkeeper.

90+6 Minutes: And that is it! We’re yet to see an African team score a goal, let alone win a game. Morocco will feel hard done by, but they simply didn’t finish their chances. It will be a tall ask for them to pick up enough points against Spain and Portugal, so it is likely they’ll be back home after the group stage.


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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Morocco 0 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

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