Morocco seems to have committed a blunder back in the field when their player Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted a 1-0 victory to Iran in the 2nd day of the World Cup 2018. With this victory, Iran has ensured their 2nd win in the 13 matches of their World Cup and probably it was Asia’s first since the 2010 edition of the World Cup in South Africa.
Aziz Bouhaddouz might not have predicted this to happen at any stage of the game. It was only during the fifth minute of the injury time that he ended up scoring a match-winning goal for the rivals. His teammates did try to console him for the blunder that he committed, but it did no good to him.
The Morrocco striker who was brought in as a substitute dived in to prevent a kick from the left and in the process ended up scoring a goal for the Iranians. It looks as if he lost his only chances of playing in the remaining matches of the group stage as well.
Aziz Bouhaddouz would have never imagined that he would be the team’s losing cause in the greatest event in of the game. His adventitious header might not have brought smiles on their teammate’s faces, but it did manage to give an explosion of happiness in the Iranian unit as the coach and players plunged their way into the ground after the game and celebrated their hearts out.
The players danced, hugged and also threw their coach Carlos Queiroz into the air in delight after the whistle was blown. Iran’s victory in Russian soil brought tears of joy in the streets of Iran. The locals were seen pouring in the streets and celebrating their country’s victory in their first game.
Iran would now be facing Portugal and Spain in the coming games and a victory in the first game just elevated their chances of qualifying for the higher stages. It was a must-win game for both the teams which ended in Iran getting the upper hand over Morocco.
Iran heaved sighs of relief
The losing side Morocco started well in yesterday’s game and it looked like neck to neck competition until the controversial header by Aziz Bouhaddouz paved way for Iran’s victory. Morroco’s loss has rendered them helpless as they would now be battling it out with Portugal and Spain.
It won’t be a walk in the park for them at any stage from now onwards. Morocco’s coach Herve Renard wasn’t pleased with the suicidal goal committed by his country player.
“We were crucified“, said the coach after the match ended in Iran’s favor. He further mentioned that Morocco fell into the trap laid by Iran, who banked way too much on their defensive abilities and carried themselves to the qualifying rounds with mere 2 goals in 10 matches.
All the controversies surrounding Iran prior to the World Cup with their performance in the friendly games and also the problems with their sportswear now just vanished into thin air.
“The brilliant attitude, the commitment, the soul, the heart“, said Queiroz. He further added,”We came here without World Cup preparations. We don’t have camps, we have problems. To overcome these difficulties is a source of inspiration, motivation, something special.”
The Iranians would eye for a position in the knockout stage by defeating Spain on their Wednesday’s game while Moroccans would be looking for a thumping victory over the Ronaldo led Portugal as a loss would completely seal away their chances for competing in the next stages of the World Cup.
For Morocco, Amine Harit from the left flank and Hakim Ziyech from the right flank formed a formidable pair but were quite unfortunate to be on the losing side.
Iran’s Omid Ebrahimi did a splendid job for them by acting as a rock solid defense for the team. Since 2014, Iran has remained unbeaten in competitive matches with their only loss coming against Argentina, courtesy Lionel Messi.