3 things we learnt from Iran 1 Vs 0 Morocco

3 things we learnt from Iran 1 Vs 0 Morocco

3 things we learnt from Iran 1 Vs 0 Morocco

Iran's forward Sardar Azmoun (down) reacts after scoring an own goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018.

It was a frustrating second half for both sides. "We tried to do that by creating frustration and blocking all their creative players", said Queiroz, the former assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and ex-Real Madrid coach.

Iran striker Sardar Azmoun, who plays in Russian Federation for Rubin Kazan, has scored 23 times in 33 global appearances.

"The brilliant attitude, the commitment, the soul, the heart", Queiroz said.

Morocco's fans, at a World Cup for the first time in 20 years, belted out their own national anthem and then applauded Iran's, the 67,000-seater arena buzzing with the hum of vuvuzelas in a throwback to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"Our players are full of enthusiasm and energy for the match".

There had been excitement after officials at Tehran's Azadi Stadium announced that families would be allowed in to watch Friday's match together for the first time.

Renard knows, if there is any chance for Morocco to get past this group and into the knockout phase, they have to make this game against Iran count and grab all three points.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard confirmed he will be without winger Nabil Derar, who is making a gradual recovery from a calf injury. Iran managed to keep the first-half goalless as they held the attacking Moroccans. And soon the stadium echoed with cheers for Iran, while the striker sat with his head down.

"He's lucky to be playing after a dispute with the Sports Minster", said Matterface, who regaled us with another tale of how one of the players had chosen to represent Morocco over Holland, which had led the great Marco van Basten to allegedly ask 'how stupid must you be to choose Morocco when in contention for Holland?'

"In my opinion - and we spoke with the other players in the team as we had a meeting about this - politics has nothing to do with sport and with football, such a attractive game".

The result was harsh on the African side, who had wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied late on when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand produced a fine save from Hakim Ziyech.

Bouhaddouz put the ball into his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.

On a historical night for the country, Iran recorded only their second-ever win in a World Cup, 20 years after beating the U.S.at the 1998 World Cup.

The third and final game of day two between Portugal and Spain was a thriller apparently.

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