On the Day 2 of FIFA World Cup 2018, Iran and Morocco lock horns to start their journey to glory. The first game between Uruguay and Egypt went till the last minutes after Gimenez scored a late header to give Uruguay a 1-0 win!
Iran vs Morocco may not have popular world-class names in their squads but they do have some real quality players like Mehdi Benatia, Belhanda, Amrabat, Shojaei, and others. This clash is extremely unpredictable and would offer a lot of twists and turns!
# Full time! Referee blows the full time whistle, Morocco dominated the game but the last moment own goal changed the results completely. Massive win for Iran!
# 90+3" GOAL! Iran gets a goal, Bouhaddouz heads it into his own net!
# 90+3" Free kick to Iran, a repeat of Uruguay vs Egypt?
# 90+2" Both the teams now look frustrated with each pasing minutes as Iran gets a Free kick!
# 6 minutes of added time!
# 88" Nice one-two by Morocco but the final pass gets to no one!
# 85" Foul on Benatia as he holds his head in pain, stands up and continues the play.
# 84" Iran have used all of their subs as play continues!
# 82" Jahanbakhsh is holding his calves! He is signaling towards the dugout for a change!
# Phew! The replays are even more stunning! Perfect stop that was!
# 80" SAVE! What a save! Hakim Ziyach shoots, but Beiranvand is acrobatic enough to deny him! Brilliant stuff!
# 79" Omid has been substituted after getting hurt, looks like a broken or fractured rib.
# 75" SUBSTITUTION: N.Ambrabat OUT, S.Ambrabat IN! Well, that was a name fame substitution!
# 71" The game is getting a bit clumsy here, high balls are becoming a priority as both the teams desperately look to score!
# 69" Iran's corner was cleared away by Moroccan defense!
# 68" Both the teams are being a bit careful now, no one wants to concede a goal but wants to score one!
#64" Moroccan defense is absolutely solid! Benatia, Saiss and Hakimi are bossing it!
# 61" Boussoufa swings the corner but Beiranvand punches it away!
# 55" Omid is down after a collision, looks to be hurt. Medical team with him now.
# 54" Free kick to Iran! Ramin takes it short
# 49" Foul on Safi by Ziyach!
# 46" Morocco has started the second half really well! Looking to attack at every possible chance!
# Second half begins!
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# Half-Time! The tempo of the game has been amazing in the first half, but the teams have looked lively with Morocco dominating the possession. Morocco 0-0 Iran
# 45+2" Morocco just passing within themselves till the Halftime whistle here.
# 2 minutes of added time!
# 42" CHANCE! That was the chance of the match till now, Sardar was 1:1 with the goalkeeper but fails to score!
# 41" Benatia lays a diagonal pass towards Ziyach but its too long for him! Throw in for Iran.
# 40" Dangerous pass towards Sardar but Saiss is alert to clear it away!
# 38" Morocco enjoying possession now. The tempo has slowed down a bit!
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# 33" FOUL! Yellow card to El Ahmadi for a cynical foul on Sardar!
# 31" Saiss was looking for Belhanda there but his over the top pass is wayward. Goal Kick to Iran!
# 29" Harit has looked very lively here, he shoots after some great display of touches and passes. Straight at the goalkeeper though!
# 25" Belhanda shoots but Cheshmi blocks it bravely. Good effort!
# 24" Sardar was looking to volley the header from the long throw-in, but mistimes it horribly!
# 22" Looks like Iran has found the tempo to beat Morocco's high press, they are now playing quick short passes and are distributing the ball well across the pitch!
# 21" Sardar is fouled by Benatia and JahanBakhsh takes it.
# 19" Excellent counter-attack by Iran, but the cross is disappointing at the end!
# 18" CHANCE! A flurry of shots by Morocco but Iran somehow survives! Huge moment in the game!
# 17" Bad foul by Amiri on Younes Belhanda. Free kick given!
# 15" The tempo of this game have been tremendous, both the sides are looking to attack!
# 14" Ramin is fouled there and he is not looking happy about it. Play continues!
# 11" Dangerous cross by Shojaei, but Kajoui deals with it comfortably!
# 8" CHANCE! El Kaabi shoots wide! Morocco has started really well here!
# 5" Harit showing why he is rated so highly, stepovers and a good pass by him!
# 4" Ambrabat swings in a cross but the header is wide by El Kaabi
# 2" CHANCE! Ziyach miscues a big chance! Failed to connect there!
# 2" Nice early tempo from both the sides as Morocco gets a corner.
# 1" Morocco enjoying early possession and Harit Shoots wide!
# Kick Off!
# The national anthems of both the nations are ON as players stand in and sing it proudly!
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Morocco Playing XI: Munir, Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Achraf, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Harit, Boussoufa, Ziyech, El Kaabi.
Iran Playing XI: Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, Hajsafi, Ebrahimi, Masoud, Jahanbakhsh, Ansarifard, Amiri, Azmoun.
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 2 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as second game of the day is between Iran and Morocco as both the teams clash for honor and pride!