Own goal hands Iran last-gasp win over Morocco

Own goal hands Iran last-gasp win over Morocco

Iran won their first World Cup finals match since 1998 as a 95th-minute Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Morocco.

The game seemed to be headed for a goalless draw until the unchallenged Bouhaddouz managed to head a Ehsan Hajsafi free-kick into his own net.

The result was harsh on the African side, who had wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied late on when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand produced a fine save from Hakim Ziyech.

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

Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.