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#WorldCup… FT: Morocco 0-1 Iran – Atlas Lions shocked in stoppage time

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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.

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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.

Iran celebrated like they won the World Cup

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