Iranian forward's heartfelt message for Moroccan player who scored devastating own goal

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Morocco vs. Iran final score: 95th-minute own goal gives Iran its second win ever at World Cup

Iran players celebrate their side's match-winner, an own goal scored by Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco.

Eight years after they became the most reviled musical instruments ever to be heard at an organized sporting event, the infamous and unmistakable sound of the vuvuzela has, once again, made a comeback at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

The rank outsiders in a group also containing Spain and Portugal were set for a hard-fought goalless draw of little use to either side until Ehsan Hajsafi curled in a free kick from the left wing. The result has already left Morocco struggling to stay alive in its first World Cup in 20 years.

But Iran took the victory, only their second in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.

When Bouhaddouz nodded in at the near post, Iran's substitutes could not resist rushing onto the field and when the final whistle blew moments later they were sprinting over again in delight. Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat went down with what appeared to be a concussion, and was forced to exit, and then Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh had to be subbed out with a leg injury.

The late drama sparked wild celebrations from the Iran bench in St Petersburg as Carlos Queiroz's side took three points from a game in which they were second best for long periods.

They each made substitutions as the game drifted past the hour and the closest it had come to a victor was when a fizzing Ziyach drive had to be tipped around the post by Ali Beiranvand. For Moroccans, he will be remembered for his unfortunate World Cup stance.

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Morocco were playing their first match at a World Cup since 1998 - having just lost out on the bid to host the 2026 finals to the USA/Canada/Mexico triumvirate - and led by the "suave-looking" Herve Renard, who apparently a double for someone in Game of Thrones and was the front cover star of Morocco's version of "Hello" magazine in April.

The injuries meant that six minutes were added to the second half.

Iran's winning goal came through Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz, who put the ball into his own net with a 95th-minute diving header at the near post for a heartbreaking defeat for the North Africans.

These two sides have only ever met once before in an global match.

The first half was about as exciting a 0-0 half as you can have.

Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz scores an own goal in the dying seconds to gift Iran the win.

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