Morocco's Bouhaddouz scores bizarre own goal to hand Iran 1-0 victory

Morocco's Bouhaddouz scores bizarre own goal to hand Iran 1-0 victory

- A header during the closing moments of the game from Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz at the wrong end handed Iran a dramatic victory

- The North Africans dominated the game for majority of proceedings as they had several opportunities in the early moments of the game

- But as the encounter was looking like a draw, Bouhaddouz in an effort to save the ball nodded the ball past his own goalkeeper

A header during the closing moments of the game from Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz at the wrong end of the field, granted Asian side, Iran a dramatic victory over the African representatives on the 95th minute mark.

The North Africans dominated the game for majority of proceedings as they had several opportunities in the early moments of the game, but somehow the ball refused to go into the net.

On the other side, Iran banked on counter attack but Morocco’s shot-stopper Munir Mohand Mohamedi was on the alert to make a double save thus keeping the scoreline level at 0-0.

However, in the dying moments of the second stanza, Iran's Alireza Beiranvand parried well to save a dangerous chance from Hakim Ziyech.

Russia 2018: Bouhaddouz's own goal help Iran pip Morocco 1-0

Action during Morroco's 0-1 defeat by Iran Photo credit: Getty images

Also there was an injury concern when Nordin Amrabat suffered a nasty head injury was substituted.

But as the encounter was looking like a draw, a free-kick was swung from the left and Bouhaddouz in an effort to save the ball, nodded the past his own goalkeeper to the delight of Asians, but left the Morocco’s fans' heartbroken at the blast of the referee’s final whistle.

The victory over Morocco is Iran's first win at the World Cup since their famous 2-0 win against USA at France 1998 tournament.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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