Russian Federation 2018 : Aziz Bouhaddouz apologizes to Moroccans for his own goal

Black Stars of Ghana celebrating a World Cup goal at South Africa 2010

An own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time gifted Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday at the World Cup. "Nobody is superman. What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, we can create super stories and super things".

"It was ridiculous and unnecessary to produce this statement against a couple of young players".

"If the game against Morocco was the World Cup final for us, the game against Spain will be the Universe Cup final", Queiroz said.

However, it added that stadium officials were working to get permits for Iran's remaining group stage matches against Spain and Portugal.

What I can say is we are fully ready for this game.

Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz is consoled by teammates after he scored an own goal against Iran at the World Cup.

A billboard in Iran which supported the nation's World Cup team has been replaced after it was criticised for not featuring any women.

However, the match grabbed eyeballs for a protest by a bunch of fans against the ban on women attending football matches in Iran.

Adding to the disruption, Nike said it would not be providing soccer shoes to Iran for the World Cup because of American sanctions now in place against the country. "First, we will defend well and then we attack bravely in order to score", ex-Real Madrid coach said.

At 37th, Iran are four places above Morocco in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, with Spain 10th place and Portugal fourth, and Renard said mental toughness would play a vital role in Friday's match. We have been giving a lot of thought to the Iran team and I think we have reached the right level in our preparations. It is now on a run of 18 games unbeaten, including games against World Cup teams Serbia, Nigeria, South Korea and Egypt. In a way, Queiroz's team can take a chance against Spain in Kazan on Wednesday. They were good in spells early in the game and had the bulk of possession - but were wasteful in the final third.

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