Iran snatched a late win from Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener, and it came in stunning fashion.
A heartbreaking own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz deep into stoppage time in Saint Petersburg gifted Iran a 1-0 win and three very valuable points and the second World Cup win in its nation’s history.
Morocco had dominated the share of the chances in the first half, with Iran content to sit back, defend and look to spring on the counter.
The pace slowed considerably in a second half devoid of quality chances, as the two group underdogs appeared headed for a draw. That is, until misfortune struck for the Moroccans, who had gone through World Cup qualifying without conceding a single goal.