Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Spain's plan is to top the group by racking up the goals

Spain's plan is to top the group by racking up the goals

Moroccan worldwide player Aziz Bouhaddouz apologized to Moroccans after he mistakenly scored an own goal Friday at the Atlas Lions' opening game in the World Cup, says Le Matin.

On Friday the Iranian diaspora from around the world flocked to St Petersburg for Iran's curtain raiser in Russian Federation against Herve Renard's Morocco.

"During the first 20 minutes we should have scored and these defeats, when they come in added time, are cruel".

"It's impossible you participate in the World Cup without any stress and pressure but we must tolerate".

Bouhaddouz, on as a second-half substitute, apologised for his error, which surely leaves his team needing to beat either Spain or Portugal to keep their hopes of progress alive.

In the extra time, an own goal sealed their faith for the match as they started the tournament with a 1-0 loss.

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Portuguese defender, Pepe has been speaking ahead of the game and he is full of praise for his Cristiano Ronaldo . He added: "If we put three [players] on Ronaldo, I don't know how we would mark the others".

Former Real Madrid coach Queiroz was handed the Iran job in April 2011 and has qualified the country for the last two World Cup tournaments, the first time they have appeared at back-to-back finals.

The 31-year-old became the 42nd player to score a self goal in World Cup history.

Jahanbakhsh further said that "To be honest we didn't care actually".

"A new billboard just went up in Tehran's busy Valiasr Square to welcome the World Cup and most importantly, let #TeamMelli know that they have the full support of the Iranian nation".

First, they were picked in possibly the toughest group at the World Cup. The match was more about performance than result, and as an Egyptian fan, I think I can take the result. Following Nike's withdrawal of footwear supply to Iranian players however, Iran once again gained attention with its victory at the opening match against Morocco. We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters. "Spain is if not the best team in the world, then one of the best. For sure, I will give my best in the next games".

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