The Atlas Lions of Morocco were beaten 1-0 by Iran in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B opener at the St Petersburg Stadium in Russia on Friday.
The African representatives fell to a 95th-minute winner, conceding an own goal as substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net from Iran’s Ehsan Haji Safi’s testing cross.
Bouhaddouz becomes the first substitute to score an own goal in a World Cup match since Petit for Portugal against Germany in July 2006.
Morocco will have to make something out of their other group games to avoid an early exit from the competition.
The other group B match between Spain and Portugal kicks off 7:00p.m (Nigerian time).
The Atlas Lions are billed to face Portugal in matchday two at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow next Wednesday, while Iran battle Spain at Kazan same day.
So far, it has not been a good ride for Africa at the mundial. It’s a World Cup of late goals!
Earlier in the day, another African team – the Pharaohs of Egypt – were also stunned by a late goal from Jose Gimenez as Uruguay carried the day.
Ripples Nigeria… without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...