Iran Defeats Morocco By Way Of Own Goal In Extra Time

Carlos Queiroz hits out at Nike for World Cup football boots issue

Russia 2018: Iran Snatch Late Winner Vs Dominant Morocco

He was consoled by teammates, while Iran celebrated. Iran defended superbly, soaked up pressure, then delivered the late sucker punch.

There are few more heartbreaking ways to lose a World Cup match than a last gasp own goal, and Morocco have a fight on their hands to stay alive in this tournament.

Iran have now won their first ever opening game at a World Cup and their second ever win in the competition. In a way, Queiroz's team can take a chance against Spain in Kazan on Wednesday.

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Earlier this week, Nike announced it had stopped supplying boots to the Iranian team due to United States sanctions against the country. Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.

"We have no pitches, no [training] camps, sanctions", Queiroz said in a message to Federation Internationale de Football Association. I think it should be the exact opposite because 99 per cent of our boys, they buy the boots, so the statement should be in the opposite direction and they should thank them. Ziyech, Amine Harit, Mbark Boussoufa, all of them just wanted to go at dudes, and it was awesome. They're not against anybody'.

Iranian authorities were ridiculed on social media this week after a huge World Cup billboard was put up in central Tehran featuring supporters from different parts of the country - but notably failing to include any women. "They showed today they deserve to be treated like all the other players in the world". Before the match, Iran's coach said his side had been "drawn in the hardest group in the World Cup".

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This article was created in partnership with Vivo, the official smartphone of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

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