Elated Iran steal last gasp win over Morocco

Elena Summers
June 21, 2018

Queiroz led Team Melli to their first World Cup win in 20 years - and only the second in the country's history - when Aziz Bouhaddouz's own goal deep into added time gave the Iranians all three points in their Group B opener.

The response by fans of Iran didn't have to wait long to get a chance for some retaliation after their underdog heroes grabbed a last gasp victory over Morocco.

"They are one of the favourite candidates to move into the second round, but we don't tolerate anybody telling us that we are not capable of winning", said the Portuguese.

"Our plan from the first minute was to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players", Queiroz said, "creating frustration and blocking all the playmakers who can create something".

"It's impossible you participate in the World Cup without any stress and pressure but we must tolerate".

Bring on Portugal vs Spain.

There were many injury-related stoppages during the second half and that played a part in taking away the flow of the game.

While it was Uruguay in the earlier encounter, a heartbreaking own goal sunk Morocco in IR Iran's favour for a 1-0 win.

Thanks to the results in the other match of group b, Iran went top of our group.

"The first game is always something special", Queiroz said. Showing just how much it meant, Iran's players threw Coach Carlos Queiroz into the air after the final whistle.

"We have been drawn in the toughest group in the World Cup".

Post the 1979 Islamic revolution, women in Iran were banned from going to stadiums to watch any male-only sporting event.

"We concede that favouritism, but we don't tolerate that we are not capable to win".

It was a frustrating match for Ziyech, whose late shot was saved by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.

Lopetegui was sacked on Wednesday after Spain's soccer federation said he had failed to inform them he had agreed to take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup. This was in sharp contrast to the scene witnessed at one of the main squares in Tehran where no women were seen in the crowd of fans cheering for their team. "I think if I would have come to this press conference with a draw I would also have been disappointed given how the game played out".

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