W/CUP: Morocco Own Goal Gives Iran A Win

Bouhaddouz heading in the own goal

A day after it lost the bid to host the 2026 World Cup and insisted on forging ahead with another campaign for the 2030 World Cup, Morocco, whose leader had implored its players to make a statement with their current appearance suffered another loss with a late minute own goal in the 95th minute from a header by substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz.  He meant to defend a left-wing free kick  by an Iranian side the Moroccans had subdued in the first half, but failed to find the net even with a drive from Hakim Ziyech which was saved by goalie, Alireza Beiranvand.

With this defeat, Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez headed in the 89th minute goal in their Group A match with Egypt.