2018 World Cup: Iran steals win with Morocco’s soul crushing header

Substitute Bouhaddouz offered Iran an undeserved win with an unfortunate header while trying to clear the ball from the gates of the goal.

The Atlas Lions monopolized the ball and played an offensive and enterprising game but couldn’t break through the Iranian defense to score a goal of relief.

The game closed what came to be described as one of the most disappointing weeks in Morocco’s football history, after the country missed out on the 2026 world cup to the joint North American bid by 134 votes to 65.

After Iran stole a much needed victory in this inaugural game, Morocco will find itself in an uphill battle against Iberian heavy weights Portugal and Spain in Group B.

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