Own-goal enough in Iran victory

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Aziz Bouhaddouz's 95th-minute own goal sparked wild scenes of celebration from the Iranian players and fans in Saint Petersburg as they claimed only their second-ever World Cup win. The tomorrow's match is a dream match for Iran and Morocco teams. We have addressed this concern to Federation Internationale de Football Association and the minimum Nike should do is to apologise to them (Iran's players). We have three teams which in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings are all above us. In five visits now, Morocco have never won their first World Cup.

Offering a rare glimpse of the president without his traditional tunic and turban, the images showed Rouhani watching the game, ecstatic at Iran's own-goal win over the North African side.

Suddenly, Iran's blighted and frustrating World Cup buildup - the scrapped friendly matches, the sportswear sanctions from the United States that prevented players from wearing their favorite soccer shoes - didn't matter anymore. "First, we will defend well and then we attack bravely in order to score", ex-Real Madrid coach said.

Iran will be playing for their third world cup, In 2014 they did well to draw against Nigeria and unsettle Argentina but ended up being one of the weakest teams in the tournament.

"We are here to compete with the favourites and in the end we hope that the gods of football speak higher and they make the decisions".

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"That's why, when you play for your country, you have to play with guts, with heart because that's what people want to see". This fact is in stark contrast with their next rival, 2010 World Cup champion Spain.

Iran v Spain - Group B, 20 June, Kazan.

The 49-year-old also denied that Spain losing coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament had made it easier for the other teams in the group. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in you career.

On Friday, June 15, in Russian Federation were played three matches of world football championship 2018.